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Location: Alaska         Length: 30 min. 

After the discovery of 10,000 year old human remains in On Your Knees Cave on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, a unique partnership formed among the Tongass National Forest, scientists and Alaska Native tribes to learn about this ancient person. The groups, brought together through the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, worked to unravel the secrets of the early man and learn from each other. After this production, DNA analysis from these remains produced strong evidence of early human coastal migration into the Americas.

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Produced in 2005 by Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Tongass National Forest, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the National Park Service, and Spofford Films, Inc.

Copyright 2005 by Sealaska Heritage Institute

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First Americans Arrived Recently, Settled Pacific Coast, DNA Study Says (National Geographic News)

Genetic analysis of early holocene skeletal remains from Alaska and its implications for the settlement of the Americas(Abstract, Brian M. Kemp et al. 2007, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132:605-621)

Kuwoot yas.ein: His Spirit Is Looking Out from the Cave (Hidden Landscapes)

On Your Knees Cave (Tongass National Forest)

On Your Knees Cave (virtualmuseum.ca)

Prince of Wales Island (Wikipedia)

Sealaska Heritage Institute