This article highlights some very important ways that our knowledge systems are devalued.
"It’s not the first time his genomic research has synchronized neatly with indigenous oral traditions."
This is this the thing, the observations that have been made by Indigenous Peoples are RESEARCH. They are based upon empirical observations and passed down generationally. How come when white scientists thousands of years later, with little relationship and little context do it it is considered 'research', which is somehow more valuable than direct contact and the generational dissemination by highly credible people consistently over thousands of years??? This is so racist the way that Indigenous people's knowledge and capacity to be truthful and accurate is consistently challenged by a system that is actually guilty of rewriting history in order to justify their unfair gains.
The knowledge, these observations:
"They inhabited the Arctic before the Inuit came, and they were a different stock of people — taller and stronger, with the muscularity of polar bears, the stories say. A Tuniit man could lift a 1,000 pound seal on his back, or drag a whole walrus."
THIS IS ALL KNOWLEDGE. Subjectivity is more valuable than feigned 'objectivity'. Lived experience does constitute a valuable and significant knowledge system that interact with many other experiences and perspectives. White science is no more 'evolved' that any of Indigenous Peoples, Black People or People Of Colour's systems of knowledge. They all have strengths, inconsistencies and inequitable biases. Our sciences' are still being used to run the world, they are just being rebranded as things like "Eco-Friendly, Rock & Roll, Algebra or Yoga'. Don't forget who we are. You might not know everything, but you can know quite a bit about yourself and your place in this world. And each person and each cultures perspective and experience is inherently VALUABLE.
"In February, when Willerslev and colleagues announced they had sequenced the genome of a 12,500-year-old skeleton found in Montana, the results showed that nearly all South and North American indigenous populations were related to this ancient American. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow tribe of Montana, said at the time: “This discovery basically confirms what tribes have never really doubted — that we’ve been here since time immemorial, and that all the artifacts and objects in the ground are remnants of our direct ancestors.” The sequenced genome of an Aboriginal from Australia also revealed findings in line with the local communities’ oral histories, Willerslev says."