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History From page 1 known inhabitants of the so-called New World lived at Machu Picchu or Monte Alban or Mesa Verde. But the recent identification of three human bones found on our very own Santa Rosa Island has, thus far, given California's Chan- nel Islands that distinction. Who woulda thought? The discovery of the bones in 1959--and more importantly the more recent identification of their age of 13,000 years B.P.--is one of a number of recent discover- ies in the pas decade or so that has brought about a revolution in thinking regarding the peopling of the Americas. Not since Thor Heyerdahl's "Kon Tiki" has so much discus- sion--and controversy--been raised on the subject. Who was "Santa Ro.sa Woman" and how did she and her presumed fellow adventurers get here so many millennia before the so- called "Native Americans"? If you paid attentioh in your high school history classes, you prob- ably learned that the first Ameri- cans came from Siberia through Alaska via a now submerged land bridge in the Bering Strait. But rel- atively recent discoveries such as Kennewick Man, Spirit Cave Man and other human remains that bear little resemblance forensically and genetically to "Native Americans" (not to mention they i:: are much older) have caused something of a rift in archaeological circles. These new theories on the peopling of the Americas include the early migration to the New World by Poly- nesians and Southeast Jim Watson Asians. Anothertheory, Columnist postulated by Dr. Den- nis Stanford of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural His- tory, holds that maritime cultures from Europe may have actually been responsible for bringing the earliest humans to the New World; not so crazy an idea when you con- sider that the city of Los Angeles is actually closer to London than it is to Tokyo. Dr. Wendy Teeter, whose work as head Of UCLA's Fowler Mu- seum often brings her to Catalina, recently sent me a fascinating ar- ticle published in the Journal of  Island and Coast Archaeology entitled "The Kelp Highway Hy- pothesis: Marine Ecology, the Coastal Migration Theory, and the Peopling of the Americas," in which Dr. Jon Erlandson and his fellow researchers arguethat the kelp forests stretching from Asia to the tip of Baja California lured the first hunter-gatherers to the New World. Since California's Channel Islands--in- cludi0g Catalina--make a convenient pit stop along that highway, it's very possible that "Santa Rosa Woman" was one of the early travelers that plied that highway. The controversy in this field, as mentioned earlier, narrows down to the age-old conflict between politics and science; a row that is possibly second only to the rift be- tween religion and science. Native American tribes have been loathe to allow anthropolo- gists to study some of these hu- man remains because.of their un- derstandable reverence for their ancestors. But--aside from the fact that we all descend from a common ancestry--are these remains ac- tually our "ancestors"? Since the term "Native American" was le- gally defined in the era before these controversies developed, the term basically referred to any hu- man remains older than the year 1492. Therefore, the various Native American nations have generally had the law on their side, thereby complicating forensic efforts. For example, attempts to clas- sify the remains of Kennewick Man, a 40-something hunter-gath- erer who died 9,000 years ago, was strung out in the courts for years. It was eventually ruled that Ken- newick Man had features much more in common with Polynesians or even "Caucasoids" and was thus declared non-Native American and therefore available to anthro- pologists for study. As for Santa Rosa Woman's re- mains, they are kept at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural His- tory, ironically not far from the re- mains of"Juana Maria" at Mission Santa Barbara, thereby in a sense completing a 13,000-year-long circle. Jim Iatson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalo.n. Women's Golf tourney The Catalina Island Women's Golf Club held its Christmas Scrambles Tournament and Holiday Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 13. First place went to the team captained by Ellen Hodge, and included Donna Harris, Val Schafer, and Margie Wahl. Harris won the Longest Drive competition. Elena Maria won Closest to the Hole on numher six, and Elena also won ninth-hole Green Honors. Members and guests attended lunch and gift exchange at the M. The day was filled with fun. Women golf- ers, Island residents or regular visitors are invited to join the Catalina Island Women's Golf Club. Play days are scheduled for each Thursday morning. Call the Golf course (310) 510-0530 for more information about regularly scheduled activities for local women golfers. Earthquakes From page 2 to revision. The magnitudes of the Dec. 14 quakes, for example, were revised this week. Each order Of magnitude is 40 times greater than the previous. So a 2.0 quake is 10 times greater than a.l.0 and so on. "Earthquake -magnitudes. are measures of earthquake size calcu- lated from ground motion record- ed on seismographs," according tO the Associated Press StYlebook. "'The Richter scale, named for Dr. Charles F. Richter, is no longe widely used," said the Associated Press. "Magnitudes are usually reported simply as magnitude 6.7, for example." Another earthquake, which the US Geological Survey, reported as a magnitude 2.6, struck 8 miles north of Avalon on in late Novem- ber. Larry Lindsay Lewis, aka "John L.", passed away on December 7, 2012, in Malacca, Malaysia, two days after his 79th birthday. Larry had resided there with his wife and daughter for the past 15 years. Larry was born in Decatur, IL, on December 5, 1933. At age 14, he moved with his mother, Virginia Lewis Hancock, and sister, Nancy. When Larry was diving for coins off the old pier, he was known as "Seal." He attended Avalon High and graduated in 1952. He then etsted in +the+O.S Asmy+-and- was sent to the Fort Benning airborne school. This ultimately took him to Korea in 1953. After the rvice he attended Long Beach College and from there went to work for Texas Instruments and other companies, which, over his career afforded him the pleasure of working all over the world - Mexico, India, England, Germany, France, Malaysia, and other countries. He loved living overseas and enjoyed the differences that each country offered. His wishes were to have his ashes placed in the Pacific Ocean off Catalina. Larry leaves behind hiswife, Anna, and daughter Lcah, in Malacca, Malaysia, and in the + States, his son Chris Lewis .... daughter Valerie Weir, and grandchildren Vivienne and Owen Weir, brother, Robert Hancock, sister Nancy Lewis, and cousin Nan Rosenthal, daughter of recently deceased Lee Rosenthal, Larry's favorite cousin. Catalina Couples: John and Kathy LaFleur. They will celebrate their anniversary this Sunday, December 23, with their boys Justin and Nathan. Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or the of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old. In special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to editor@thecatalinaislander.com. tJua ity medical care -- where you need it. With three full-time physicians and a nurse practitioner dedicated to the island and its patients, we invite you to have an on-going relationship with a provider who knows you and your medical needs. 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