“Following the Footsteps of the Ancestors” research expedition has arrived in the US. Kazakh researchers believe that the Turkic people and the indigenous people of North America have common origins. They are collecting data on the migration routes of the native tribes from the Eurasian continent to North America. The American Indians are genetically close to the Turkic peoples of the Siberia and Altai, according to the researchers of the University of Michigan and specialists of the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Russian Sciences Academy. Evan Thomas, native of Tucson, Arizona, thinks it is important for Native Americans to know their origins.    

EVAN THOMAS, RESIDENT, TUCSON, ARIZONA:

 - I believe the theory that Native Americans traveled up to the Bering Strait aria, it’s the last area, and then South to the Americas.

The members of the Kazakh expedition believe that the tribes migrated from Altai to North America by the Bering Strait several millennia ago. Petroglyphs carved on stones prove this theory. They were found in mountainous areas of the Sonoran desert in Arizona. The petroglyphs are currently preserved in a museum.   

SAPAR ISKAKOV, HEAD OF  EXPEDITION:

 - Similar carvings are often found in Kazakhstan. For instance, there are Tanbaly petroglyphs several kilometers away from Almaty. They depict people and animals. Some of them are sun-headed. Such carvings are found in Altai as well. All these similarities suggest that we have common origins.

The members of the research expedition will continue their studies in the United States.

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