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The "Indian Shuffle"

Lewis and Clark wrote in the diaries about tens of thousands of Appaloosas on the prairies of the Columbia River, Snake and Clearwater Rivers. They explored these regions in the early l800s and were amazed at the extent of the breeding by the Nez Perce Indian Tribes.

They wrote of the intelligence displayed by these tribes and that they were gelding and breeding such quality steeds.

The Nez Perce tribes actually saved Lewis and Clark's exploration group from starving to death and nursed them back to health.

It has been assumed for years that the Spanish brought this breed to North America. It would be difficult ... if not impossible ... to breed tens of thousands of these horses considering the time that the Spanish brought their horses into North America.

More reading:

It's official: Native Americans and Siberians are cousins After more than a century of speculation, an international group of geneticists has conclusively proven that the Aztecs, Incas, and Iroquois are closely related to the peoples of Altai, the Siberian region that borders China and Mongolia. Printable copy (February 23, 2016, Aram Ter-Ghazaryan, special to RBTH)

Altai region of Siberia may be the genetic source of Native Americans
The tiny mountainous Altai region of southern Siberia may have been the genetic source of the earliest Native Americans, according to anthropologists at the University of Pennsylvania. Altai was the hub of migrating human traffic between Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan 20-25,000 years ago. They carried their Asian genetic lineages up into the far reaches of Siberia and eventually across the Beringian land bridge into the Americas. (January 2012)

Fossils offer new clues into Native American's 'journey' and how they survived the last Ice Age
Researchers have discovered how Native Americans may have survived the last Ice Age after splitting from their Asian relatives 25,000 years ago. (February 2014)

Testing of Ancient Skeleton Proves First Americans Came From Asia
The first genome sequencing of the Ice Age skeletal remains of a 1-year-old boy has given scientists definitive proof that the first human settlers in North America were from Asia and not Europe, and that these people were the direct ancestors of modern Native Americans (February 2014)

Ancient Siberian genome reveals genetic origins of Native Americans
The genome sequence of a 24,000-year-old Siberian individual has provided a key piece of the puzzle in the quest for Native American origins. (November 2013)

Gene study adds weight to theory that native American people arrived in a single main migration across the Bering Strait
U-M researchers analyze 678 genetic markers in 29 native populations November 2007)