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Blonde Eskimos: Real or Myth?


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#1    IndigoChild

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 04:05 AM

Hey, I know that this is a weird connection, but in the "evil picture" thread someone was discussing unusual occurences of traits and brought up the story of the Blonde Eskimos, so it made me interested. Do you think that they once existed if not anymore? Here's a snippet from what I found on Wikipedia::

Blond Eskimos or White Eskimos is the popular name for a group of Eskimos residing on both sides of Coronation Gulf between mainland Canada and Victoria Island, whose first contact with Westerners may go back to Sir John Franklin in 1821 and Dease and Simpson in 1838-9. They were visited and described by the Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefánsson in 1910. A frequent occurrence of light hair and gray or blue eyes exists amongst them, while most other New World peoples have dark hair and brown eyes. In his book My Life with the Eskimos, Stefánsson proposed several explanations:

Early mixture with Norse colonists from Greenland;
Mixture with European whalers;
Ancient migration of European-like people from across the Bering Strait;
He rejected the second explanation because "if the mixing of races is so recent, it would appear that it should be most conspicuous farther east where the whalers had their headquarters, fading away as one goes westward. The opposite is the case".

In 2003, two Icelandic scientists, the geneticist and anthropologists Agnar Helgason and Gisli Palsson announced their research of comparing DNA from 100 Cambridge Bay Inuit with Norse descendants from Iceland, and concluded that there was no match between the Nunavut and Icelandic DNA.


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Posted 23 December 2006 - 04:22 AM

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Hey, I know that this is a weird connection, but in the "evil picture" thread someone was discussing unusual occurences of traits and brought up the story of the Blonde Eskimos, so it made me interested. Do you think that they once existed if not anymore? Here's a snippet from what I found on Wikipedia::

Blond Eskimos or White Eskimos is the popular name for a group of Eskimos residing on both sides of Coronation Gulf between mainland Canada and Victoria Island, whose first contact with Westerners may go back to Sir John Franklin in 1821 and Dease and Simpson in 1838-9. They were visited and described by the Canadian explorer Vilhjalmur Stefánsson in 1910. A frequent occurrence of light hair and gray or blue eyes exists amongst them, while most other New World peoples have dark hair and brown eyes. In his book My Life with the Eskimos, Stefánsson proposed several explanations:

Early mixture with Norse colonists from Greenland;
Mixture with European whalers;
Ancient migration of European-like people from across the Bering Strait;
He rejected the second explanation because "if the mixing of races is so recent, it would appear that it should be most conspicuous farther east where the whalers had their headquarters, fading away as one goes westward. The opposite is the case".

In 2003, two Icelandic scientists, the geneticist and anthropologists Agnar Helgason and Gisli Palsson announced their research of comparing DNA from 100 Cambridge Bay Inuit with Norse descendants from Iceland, and concluded that there was no match between the Nunavut and Icelandic DNA.

Some people just end up in totally different places in the strangest ways,and DNA has nothing to do with this!


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Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:43 PM

But they were said to have intermarried with Norsemen who settled in their territory. They were said to be authentic "eskimos" in ethnicity, gaining the light features from that European influence in the area. Hunh. O.o

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 10:54 PM

I've never heard of this before. Thanks for the info.


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Posted 24 December 2006 - 12:58 AM

Well, though useless, this is an interesting topic.

Never heard of em before.

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 02:46 AM

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Well, though useless, this is an interesting topic.

Never heard of em before.


Why is the topic useless?

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 04:10 PM

Theres probably a blonde one in the bunch.......... innocent.gif

ESKIMOS

EDIT: I forgot to mention, the Inuit people find the term "eskimo" offensive.

Edited by MR_MOE, 27 December 2006 - 08:33 PM.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:13 PM

Well I think myth.

Read this.


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Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:48 AM

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Well I think myth.

Read this.


Wow, I'd heard before that there was no DNA link as of late but never had the info to back it up. Thanks for posting, coldethyl.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 08:23 PM

No problemo.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 01:11 PM

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Why is the topic useless?

Cuz the only place the knowledge can be used is on jeopardy tongue.gif

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:41 AM

here's my question.
Who cares?

but seriously, blonde eskimos? I didnt think they had hair, due to their always wrapped up in fur coats.

YOUR STORY IS BOLOGNA, NOOB!


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Posted 02 January 2007 - 05:53 AM

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Theres probably a blonde one in the bunch.......... innocent.gif

ESKIMOS

EDIT: I forgot to mention, the Inuit people find the term "eskimo" offensive.



ugh whats sports got to do with it? mellow.gif

Edited by clover, 02 January 2007 - 05:56 AM.


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Posted 02 January 2007 - 06:08 AM

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here's my question.
Who cares?

but seriously, blonde eskimos? I didnt think they had hair, due to their always wrapped up in fur coats.


I care.

I hear the female ones are loads o'fun!  thumbsup.gif


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Posted 02 January 2007 - 06:48 AM

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I care.

I hear the female ones are loads o'fun!  thumbsup.gif

Settle down sparky! wink2.gif

YOUR STORY IS BOLOGNA, NOOB!





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