Thursday, February 2, 2017

Origins of totem poles explained




Origins of totem poles, Indian connections, & lost Pygmie languages
Twa Pygmies traveled over to America around 30,000bc and found it as home. They stretched from Canada down to Mexico.
With East AFRICANS migrating as well down to Peru. One thing that I was looking into was Indians the origins of Totem poles.
The name totem is Ojibwe, that is the name of the group of indigenous Indians in North America. They live in Canada and the
United States and are one of the largest Indigenous ethnic groups north of the Rio Grande. Which they actually arnt the Indigenous people knowing that Twa Pygmies are. They mixed in with the Eskimo population and were known as Scraelings. The thing that stood out to me about the name Ojibwe, is that it looks African. This particular tribe is neighbors with the Sioux tribe, I have covered this tribe in the past and pointed out that they
use a similar language to the East African language spoken in Ethiopia. They use WAKAN TANKA and in Ethiopian Oromo its Waaqa Takka. So I wanted to investigate the
Twa Pygmie language. The Twa language that they speak currently, is not the language of ancient times.
They have borrowed neighboring tribes languages and that what they currently use is Nilo-Saharan or Niger–Kordofanian language. So basically they are located
between East and West Africa, and share the two coast languages. Their original language is called
Mbenga forest vocabulary which is shared by the neighboring Ubangian-speaking Baka and Bantu-speaking Aka (there is no such common Mbuti vocabulary) and the Rimba dialect
of Punu which may contain a core of non-Bantu vocabulary. Now this becomes a problem, because if we want to make a connection of The Twa and the cultures that they influenced around
the world, its going to be hard. We dont know if other Pygmy tribes spoke other forms of the forest language or not. Thats a big disappointment and its something that needs furthur investigation.
So now lets exaimine Indian totem poles and African totem poles, because that is the whole reasoning for bringing up the Indian tribe Ojibwe. If you take a look it East African tribes like Kenya's Kalenjin tribes
,Ethiopias tribes, most notably The Oromo and mbuti pygmies which were right outside of Nubia/Sudan and Kenya, you see multiple connections just by the style of dress alone. Theirs multiple language and religious connections. These groups of people can be traced back as a tribe to around
the 7000bc area. The desert formed around this time period, and in Kalenjin religion they believe in the desert being Hell. So that might indicate maybe how old they are as a group,
but that might just be the time period when they decided to incorporate the desert as Hell. We know in Egytian religion that they made multiple changes to their religion throughout time. The Kalenjin
from my research share some of the most similar attributes with Egyptians religion and culture. Ok so lets get back to the totem poles of East Africa. They used them as a way to remember the lineage of the ancestors, and to show respect
to much powerful animals that were forbidden to hunt. Now if we trace back Pygmies like Mbuti they are of some of the first humans alive on the planet, so its no question that they hold the totems origins. Most likely like religion, they inspired other African cultures
with the use of totem poles.
Now lets look at the use of Totem Poles in the Native American Culture. Many have believed that totem poles are religious symbols but this is false. Carvings will represent the tribal nation and will convey the tribes’ history. Many times
the story of a totem pole will be passed down from generation to generation. Having the story documented will help keep this tradition recognized n our history. Now thats almost the same exact use of the Totem pole. You probably ask
well what about other cultures in Asia? Well I'm not going to be covering them because they came about the Totem Poles the same way Native American Indians did, and they are just at the end of the day Mongols that migrated.

I hoped to find more information on this subject, but hopefully in the near future we will have more resources to the Pygmy language.

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