INKTOBER Strangers


Deep in the forests of North America, an expedition of Egyptian explorers has attracted the locals’ curiosity.

This was inspired by the classic “fringe” speculation that ancient Egyptians or other Africans had colonized the New World before Europeans did. As much as I like the idea of interaction between Africans and pre-Columbian Native Americans, I don’t like how many of the people claiming it then go on to suggest that Africans were directly responsible for Native American civilizations like the Olmecs or Maya. It sounds a bit racist, akin to the Eurocentric tradition of attributing any and all African civilizations to Arabs, Phoenicians, or some other “Mediterranean Caucasoids”. As Neil deGrasse Tyson once said, clever people come in all colors.


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