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Red Paint People

Ted Timreck made a film about the Red Paint people twenty four (24) years ago.  He was working for the Smithsonian when the program was filmed.  Ted’s video is called, “The Mystery of the Lost Red Paint People,” with a 1987 copyright under Tim Reck Productions (Bullfrog Films)
   NOVA ran an hour PBS program featuring Timreck’s film in 1987.  The video is still available.
    The video implies in his film that the Red Paint Artifacts including similar religious altars are found on both sides of the Atlantic.
     A good web site that discusses the Red Paint artifacts is called Red Paint People of Maine.  The Red Paint People of Maine information was created by arrchaeologists, who were not comfortable writing about the cross Atlantic artifacts.
      Note that the extents of the Red Paint artifacts would imply that the people across the North Atlantic spoke a common language at a very early date.
      One possibility is that the Red Paint people used row boats.  To row from Norway, in the east, to Labrador, in the west, took only three weeks with the rowing time from land to land being less than six days.  So, the time required to make the ocean crossing by row boat would be well known for each leg.  The fresh water supplies between lands would have been minimal.  Modern attempts to make the same voyage have shown that the food could have been supplied by birds and fish. 




The above picture of ABORA III shows a replica of a boat 6,000 years ago when the oceans  were highways.  The boat in this picture sailed the length of the Mediterranean, twice, and nearly 2,000 miles of the Atlantic before it came apart in heavy seas.  The damage to the ship may have been caused more by poor human decisions than by the weakness of the ship.

The Abora III was built from a design 6,000 years old.  The Maritime Archaic people left similar artifacts on both sides of the Atlantic that are estimated to be more than 6,000 years old.

Most sea travel at that time was by row boat using oars. People in Europe rode to America with twenty days rowing time by the northern sea way. The southern seaway had a strong current from Africa to the Carribean. When the boats were in the Carribean travel was a matter of rowing from island to island. There was no stage greater than six days at sea. The sails you see on the Abora were used to return to Europe with the prevailing winds and current. The path back to Europe was through the Azores. 

A common misconception by Europeans of the later age was that travel to America was accomplished by sail rather than oars. Columbus's exploration by sails was believed to be a great achievement. It was, but Columbus was not the first  person from Europe to reach America many Norse people and African people had made the trip by row boat.

Barry Cunliffe shows in A Very Short Introduction to the Celts (page 19),   a map of Western Europe and the west half of the Mediterranean where he has sketched a 50-100 mile zone inland along all coasts.  Cunliffe makes a hypothesis that the people in the zones along the coast spoke a common language at one time long ago.  This situation implies that language and beliefs traveled by boat.

Reider T. Sherwin, in The Viking and the Red Man, compiled over 15,000 comparisons to show evidence that the Algonquin Language and Old Norse were similar language.  “Algonquin” is the name given by French explorers to the language they encountered in America in the 17th century.  But the oldest American history reports that the American people, who were Norse, called themselves “Lenape” in the 12th century.  So the correct name for the American language is “Lenape.”   “Lenape,” “Algonquin” or “Old Norse” are words meaning the same language.

Lenape may have been the language of the sea people, who resettled America after the Big Event.