‘Perhaps the greatest myths purveyed is that myths are just myths’ - Michael Tsarion
Okay, perhaps not true always! But sometimes, the myths and legends that are passed on to us by our ancestors are actually a fact.
The kids of Heiltsuk Nation have been told a story, that their ancestors, an aboriginal group on the Central Coast of British Colombia survived the Ice Age. According to the legend that has been handed over down to numerous generations orally, the surviving ancestors clustered on a small strip of land that never froze when gigantic glaciers were layering up the Northern America.
Thousands of years later, archaeologists have unleashed artefacts that uphold the legend!
Recent excavations undertaken by a team of archaeologists of Hakai Institute on the Triquet Island in British Colombia have revealed human settlement on the island as old as 14,000 years. Buried 2.5 metres under the ground level, the remains of an ancient fireplace were found, that were charred ages ago and preserved under heaps of soil.
Hand drill, fish hooks, wooden devices for launching projectiles and a reserve of stone tools was discovered near the hearth. According to Alisha Gauvreau, a PhD student at the University of Victoria and a researcher with the Hakai Institute who presented the study at Society for American Archaeology, the group of people must have been circling the fire for warmth.
Carbon dating of the remains, that were cautiously collected revealed that the hearth was 14,000 years old, way older than the Pyramids of Giza or Ancient Rome. This time collides with the timeline of last Ice Age and makes it one of the oldest settlements ever discovered in North America. This is also 800 years older than what the estimated period of first human inhabitation of Northern America was assumed so far.
This also challenges the pre-assumption of the way humans have migrated to Americas. After the findings, the theory of humans using the Siberia Alaska land bridge doesn’t stand not strong and humans must have arrived via boat.
The discovery might also open another discussion of Heiltsuk people in their negotiation with Canadian Government for their right over the traditional territory, which now has evidently been theirs, for thousands of years.