Native Amazonians: Blood of the First Travelers?

“Thousands of samples were taken from members of the Yanomami tribe, in 1967 for genetic testing…The blood was for testing to see if the Yanomami were direct decedents of the first people who crossed the Bering Straight from Asia” The tribe had discovered that the blood was being stored in refrigerated areas which horrified them due to their practice of “completely cremating the bodies of their dead” instead of burial. The tribe will have a “special ceremonial burial” for the blood that is going to be returned to them. Brazil negotiated with the United States for the blood after the tribe had lobbied for years in both the United States and Brazil requesting the return of tribal blood.

– BJL

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