The subject of the peopling of the Americas has always been a contentious topic, particularly among western scientists who—in the face of facts to the contrary—have adhered to a theory that overtly or covertly subordinates the history, claims and cultures of the first peoples of the continents. With the debate as heated as ever, Ewen’s book has never been more timely, or more in need of publication.
A new study in Nature of how archeologists have uncovered evidence that humans butchered a mastodon in southern California 130,000 years ago has upended the scientific community. The breakthrough is not whether the study’s conclusions are true or not, as that remains to be tested, but the fact that the study was published at all, and in a prestigious scientific journal. Equally significant is that a reputable scientific institution, the San Diego Natural History Museum, would be willing to write and endorse a finding that is so completely at odds with prevailing scientific opinion.
For more than 100 years, it was simply impossible to challenge the scientific view that Ancient Indians crossed over from Asia before 15,000 years ago (or, up until recently, 10,000 years ago), regardless of what the scientific evidence actually said. No scientist would risk their reputation and their academic standing to counter the prevailing view, nor would any reputable journal publish their findings even if someone were brave enough to speak out. In this eye-opening book, The Bering Strait Theory, Alex Ewen explores the roots of the ever-controversial Bering Strait Theory and, more important, the other theories, research, evidence and science that have evolved along with it.
This fascinating cross-disciplinary examination of the agenda-laden concepts behind the Bering Strait Theory allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. The book painstakingly demonstrates the startling way in which dogma became entrenched as fact, to the extent that even today belief in the Bering Strait Theory is the tail that “wags the dog” of science. Simply put, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in Native culture or politics.