A few weeks ago, we learned more about the Blackfeet Nation in Northwest Montana, thanks to one of its members, Darrell “Dusty” Crawford. The Blackfeet Nation consists of four different groups that speak Siksiká, and they live on the border between Canada and the USA.

The Desire to Learn

Crawford decided to get his genetics tested because his brother, Alvin “Willy” Crawford, wanted to know more about their ancestry. Like many of our customers, he came to CRI Genetics to learn about his biogeographical origins. In other words, he wanted to know where he came from, stretching way back into prehistory.

We were able to test his DNA all the way back to 55 generations, or 17,000 years, with 99% confidence!

A Mother’s Line

Dusty belongs to mtDNA Haplogroup B2, one of four major haplogroups that’s prevalent among Native Americans. Haplogroup B2 is unusual amongst Native American haplogroups because there is very little evidence that they crossed the land bridge between Russia and Alaska.

Most haplogroups spread from the north to the south, as you would expect from a land bridge crossing. Strangely, mtDNA haplogroup B2 spread from the South to the North, and it is most commonly found in Peru. This evidence suggests that Crawford’s ancestors crossed the Pacific Ocean sometime during the last Ice Age. This is bolstered by the fact that many native Pacific Islanders only belong to mtDNA haplogroup B2. Additionally, their closest mtDNA haplogroup, B4b1, is found in Southeast Asia.

During the last Ice Age (about 20,000 years ago), sea levels were about 130 meters (426 feet) lower than they are today. What are now underwater mountain ranges would have been islands during this time. In other words, what seems like an impossible trip for small boats today would have been possible back then.

The route we believe his ancestors took across the Pacific. Each blue bump represents an underwater mountain range. Image Courtesy of National Geographic

Unfortunately, his brother passed away before he could learn the results of the test. Dusty was never able to tell his brother about his unique heritage. Dusty and his family are in our thoughts here at CRI Genetics, because we believe DNA results are best enjoyed with family — it’s the most exciting part of the journey.

What Are You Waiting For?

Many companies offer DNA tests with a wide variety of different services. At CRI Genetics, we use patented DNA analysis algorithms to trace your family’s history back thousands of years. After sending in your completed test, we will analyze your DNA and summarize your results in an advanced, easy-to-read genetic report. We can also provide you with information about potential health complications you may be at risk for.

Improve your life through genetic testing by ordering your own DNA test online! If you still have questions, we’d love to give you the answers you’re looking for. For more information, call us at 1-800-571-9216 or reach out to us online.

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6 thoughts on “CRI Customer Has His DNA Traced Back 17,000 years!

  1. Our beloved friend, Jack D. Forbes, did extensive work on this hypothesis decades ago. He had many maps that he drew and talked about the topic extensively, given the opportunity. There is ongoing archaeology work being done in this arena. By the way, there are not just 4 groups of Native American DNA Haplogroups as stated in your article. The groups are MtDNA A, B, C, D and X. Also, looking at DS919=9 will provide some evidence of Native American heritage. On the Y-DNA side, I believe C and Q3 Haplogroups are also indicators of indigenous heritage. Nothing is definitive, of course, but these are things to start looking for and family history, is a must. Indigenous people have a long history in the Americas that goes back beyond 17,000 years. Your story was nice, though, but just the tip of the iceberg. There are many stories in our history that speak to this topic. I am excited about future discoveries. I think it will turn everything we think we know about human migrations upside down.

  2. This is very interesting and helps prove that everything that is printed in a history book may not be true. Sometimes I feel the historians that feel our generations are so superior need to be taken down a notch, you have now given them something to think about.
    I would hope that the government would also realize that the first Americans were here long before the Caucasians came to **** and pillage not to mention bring diseases to wipe out native populations. If we followed the beliefs of the Native Americans the Planet would not be in the shape it is in.

    1. An excellent question! I’m not sure where the mixup occurred, but I think your math is close. Generations are usually around 25-30 years, so 17,000 years would translate to 566-680 generations. If I had to guess, I bet a zero got cut off.

  3. 17,000 years? Ha Ha Yep you bet. Human existence as we know it CANNOT be traced back more than 8 thousand years. Anyone stating otherwise is intentionally trying to decive the reader or has no wisdom at all.

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