"qiwi" <marym@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> The genographic project financed by the National Geographic, in
> collaboration with IBM is proving controversial already....
> The problem is that many indigenous people are reticent to participate
> because they feel their trust has been betrayed too often in the past
> or that the results may be used to their detriment. In an article in
> Today's Herald this issue is dealt with at some length.... but the bit
> that caught my attention was a quote from Geoffrey Chambers of Victoria
> University in Wellington.
> As the head of a project that claims to have identified a DNA link
> between indigenous Taiwanese and New Zealand Maori I must say his
> comment is refreshingly honest.....
> He wrote : "It is not my job to tell Maori or Pacific people where they
> came from. We have been very careful to say our information is a
> scientific account but that there are other accounts from traditional
> knowledge, and the two do not interface at all."
> This has always been the archilles heel of the 'orthodox' theory of the
> peopling of the Pacific. It flies in the face of all the traditional
> evidence that locates the original homeland (Hawaiki) in the East, in
> the direction where the sun rises, the land from where they brought the
> Kumara (sweet potato).
Well God bless you. And do you also believe the Native American accounts
that have them coming out of a cave?