- Just curious how many of y'all blacken your teeth. I got some today and
tried it out. I don't think I can do it. It just gave me the creeps.
My husband told me that if I do it, I'm gonna have to carry a fan and
cover my mouth whenever I talk to him. He thought it was creepy, too.
- Shonaigawa Dono!
Greetings from Solveig! If you ignore the rice fields,
everything from Tohoku North, plus Kamikochi and a
few other central mountain areas looks like Washington
State except miniaturized somewhat.
As for the Old Norse business. One interesting feature
of early Japanese architecture is log buildings. Log
buildings are actually fairly uncommon. The Haida,
Klinget, &c did not have log buildings. They built
split plank buildings. The Norse, the Volga Russ (more
Norse), and the Japanese built log buildings.
I can see how you are finding similiarities between
Ainu textile patterns and North Pacific coastal texitle
patterns, but they are also distinctly different. Totem
poles are actually quite interesting. Only two Pacific
Coastal tribes originally did free standing totem poles.
However, totem pole like lodge poles can be found
pretty much ubiquitously among North Pacific coastal
indians and in a variety of Polynesian cultures. The
Ainu do not appear to be genetically related to this
group, but they could have acquired this cultural
artifact from trans-Pacific sources.
If you are interested in truly radical Archeological
theory, Thor Hyrdahl (sp) posits extensive trans Pacific
commerce, &c. by the PNW coastal groups and especially
the Haida who were the vikings of the Pacific Northwest.
The Haida are definitely known to have practiced
celestial navigation out of sight of land. Their
canoes were definitely seaworthy. Aside from theories
about their involvement with the Easter Islanders, they
are definitely known to have undertaken voyages of
hundreds or even thousands of nautical miles on a
Japanese involvement with the three kingdoms on Chosenhanto
(Korean Penninsula) is pretty well established and involves
much easier journeys than trans-Pacific journeys. Please
understand that the national founding legend for Atera
(New Zealand) involves the voyagers in danger of starvation
on their canoes at the time they spot a cloud bank on the
horizon. (Atera basically means long cloud bank and is the
name for New Zealand. I was friends with a New Zealander
about a year ago.)
One thing that you do have to watch out for with touristy
spots is that they sometimes deliberatly put in things
intended to look exotic. This may not be the case with
the village that you visited. But, it is something to
watch out for.
As I recall, part of the Japanese version of the Indian
Wars involved forced resettlement of at least some of
the conquered groups. Among other things, Japanese are
notibly hairier than groups across the sea of Japan, and
some Japanese are notibly hairier than others. This
hairiness is not normally part of the Amerind phenotype.
The Ainu on the other hand are noted for being quite
According to most estimates there are almost no pure-blooded
Ainu left. However, even the photographs from Batchelor's
Ainu studies show significantly hairly people. In a recent
Monumenta Nipponica article, the diary of the Rusian official
who occupied Shakalin following the Pacific War noted the
preponderance of curly haired children among the Japanese
population. Curly hair is also not noted as an Amerind feature.
Your Humble Servant