It’s official: Native Americans and Siberians are cousins

Man at the Altai Eagle Festival and Native American Indian man. Outdoor portrait profile. Source: Alamy/Legion Media
Man at the Altai Eagle Festival and Native American Indian man.
Outdoor portrait profile. Source: Alamy/Legion Media

After more than a century of speculation, an international group of geneticists has conclusively proven that the Aztecs, Incas, and Iroquois are closely related to the peoples of Altai, the Siberian region that borders China and Mongolia.

Scientists have suspected for a long time that Native Americans are closely related to the peoples of Altai. The theory of the Altai peoples migrating from Siberia across Chukotka and Alaska, down to the Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America, appeared almost a century ago

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(February 23, 2016, Aram Ter-Ghazaryan, special to RBTH)

4 thoughts on “It’s official: Native Americans and Siberians are cousins

  • January 18, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I’m not sure how I missed it but I just found and finished your documentary “True Appaloosa ” and I cried along with you! I’ve always believed that “American” horses had to come across the Bering Strait as well as from the Spanish (more than that that Native Americans also had to come from the Strait) and I’m thrilled you proved your theory on the Appaloosa’s! NOT joking! I cried with you when those herds seemingly magically appeared. Your riding adventure was extraordinary and I lived vicariously through you while watching. I am owned, now, by a paint gelding (previously by a wild mustang mare en foal from Shoshone country in Nv as well as a reg QH mare) rescue so I know first hand that spiritual connection with these magnificent souls. I’ve never had the privilege of even riding an Appaloosa however the heart of a horse beating with ours is extraordinary.

    I admire your drive, compassion, and love for this breed and I’m only sorry I’ve only just paid attention.

    Thank you for all your doing!

  • March 8, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Miss Scott (I’m Southern),

    Only last evening did I find your documentary and it blessed my heart. Our family raised Apps in the 60’s and 70’s but then life took me away from the horses. Thankfully, our son has recently bought a farm and is in the process of learning the horse life with our granddaughter and daughter-in-law. I’m going do my best to sway them to the Appaloosa persuasion. Thank you for all you have done for this marvelous breed.

  • July 23, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Just watched the documentary. What a wonderful story and how inspiring. I would like to know more about whether or not you did breed those Asian mares with your stallions.

    And bravo to you for that horseback trip. I used to ride a lot, but it’s been many years now and at age 74, I’m not sure I could follow your path!

    Thank you for this amazing discovery.

  • March 17, 2020 at 6:31 pm


    Wow, I just watched your documentary… you truly solved the age old mystery! I wish this show would be on animal planet or the History channel… more people need to see it. Thank you for clearing the air about the worlds best horse! When the people in the tent started talking about the Russians trying to kill off the superior Appaloosa there it all reminded me of the fate of Chief Joseph’s horses..

    I can’t wait to find out if you have received or bred any of the wild Appaloosa’s you found.. I just now found your website. Hope you get my email. Its the best idea to bring their genes over to help the breed… so exciting.

    Oregon USA


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