All posts tagged Relatives

This is what Neanderthals really looked like

Published November 30, 2021 by tindertender

Accurate, painted as if they were a lot like us, loved flowers, children and fell in love.

They lived over much of Europe, from 400,000 years ago unto 30,000 years ago. They interbred with us, so they live on, but are not found as a distinct species.

We coexisted with them for 10 or 20 millennia and our genes say we mated “freely,” as one geneticist put it.

At the high point, our genes were 10 percent Neandertal.

Their brains were bigger than ours and they were stronger and hardier. They were here for 100,000 years before the first traces of us. They are not our ancestors but a cousin species to us. We both came from homo erectus, who appeared 1.9m years ago.

All 3 species coexisted for 150,000 years. H. erectus left Africa and colonized Europe and Asia long before Neandthals and us.

The genes for white skin and blue eyes don’t appear till 8,000 years ago.

Artwork by scientific illustrator Tom Bjorklund of Finland

Distant Relatives ~ Oh So Near

Published December 28, 2020 by tindertender

Ohunkakan O’oyake . . . .

“The Lakota, call Bigfoot Chiye-tanka “chiye” means “elder brother” and “tanka” means “great” or “big”. In English, though, the Lakota usually call him “the big man”.

“There is your Big man standing there, ever waiting, ever present, like the coming of a new day,” Oglala Lakota Medicine Man Pete Catches. “He is both spirit and real being, but he can also glide through the forest, like a moose with big antlers, as though the trees weren’t there… I know him as my brother… I want him to touch me, just a touch, a blessing, something I could bring home to my sons and grandchildren, that I was there, that I approached him, and he touched me.”

Ray Owen, son of a Dakota spiritual leader. “They exist in another dimension from us, but can appear in this dimension whenever they have a reason to. See, it’s like there are many levels, many dimensions. When our time in this one is finished, we move on to the next, but the Big Man can go between. The Big Man comes from Creator. He’s our big brother, kind of looks out for us.

The existence of The Big Man is taken for granted throughout North America, and so are his powerful psychic abilities. The Big Man knows when humans are searching for him and that he chooses when and to whom to make an appearance, and that his psychic powers account for his ability to elude man’s efforts to capture him or hunt him down.

In Native culture, the entire natural world, the animals, the plants, the rivers, the stars is seen as a family. The increasing appearances of the big man are not only a message or warning to the individuals or communities to whom he appears, but to humankind at large. A messenger who appears as a warning from Creator that man’s disrespect for his sacred instructions has upset the harmony and balance of existence!

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