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Did giants once live in North America?

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There is strong evidence that Native American folklore about giants is true.  Seven-feet tall skeletons have been found in burial mounds of Southeast towns that were home to the ancestors of the Creek Indians.

As European settlers pushed across North America, newspapers printed stories about the discovery of giant skeletons. Some were described as being normal human beings, but very tall.  Others had skulls with primitive features.


The most credible stories of giant skeletons were concentrated in the Appalachians, Cumberland Plateau and Ohio Basin.  They were typically found in graves lined with stone slabs or field stones, known as the Stone Box Grave Culture.  In 1821, 7-feet tall skeletons in stone lined sarcophaguses were found in a White County, TN, burial area.

Legends from Midwest tribes tell of lightly pigmented, yellow-or-red haired giants living around the Great Lakes or southern Canada. Occasionally, these giants traveled south into their territories. While some encounters were benign, others resulted in warfare.

The Cherokees claimed to have killed the last “white Indians” while still living in Kentucky and West Virginia.


Western pioneers sometimes found what they assumed were giant fossilized human skeletons along exposed banks and in caves.  They describe these skulls as much thicker than modern humans. Some claimed the skulls had double-rows of teeth.


Several western tribes tell of past confrontations with lightly pigmented giants with either blond or red hair. The Paiutes claimed that the giants were cannibals who hunted Paiutes for food.  They repeatedly attacked the giants until their numbers dwindled.  The surviving giants were cornered in a cave, then either shot with arrows or asphyxiated by setting a fire at the entrance.

In 1754, George Washington was colonel of the Virginia Colonial militia. When hostilities broke out with France, he supervised construction of Fort Loudon in Winchester, VA.  Laborers digging the fort's foundation  uncovered a cemetery of 7-foot skeletons and what appeared to be Native American artifacts.  The skeletons were viewed and reported by Washington.  It is not known what happened to them. 

This discovery gives credibility to reports of 7-foot tall skeletons discovered in West Virginia, Kentucky, southern Ohio and southern Indiana.

In 1541, de Soto’s army traveled from the Florida Panhandle to Middle Georgia. Officers noted that the area's people were more culturally advanced and averaged a foot taller than the Spanish.  These were the Okonee and Tamatli branches of the Muskogean Culture – ancestors of the Creek Indians. The Spanish called them Los Indios Gigantes... the Giant Indians. De Soto’s chroniclers claimed that some Great Suns (Chief Priests) of the ancestral Creek provinces were seven feet tall.

To a 5 ft.– 4 in. Spanish soldier, such a man would indeed appear to be a giant.


In the mid-20th century, archaeologists found 7-feet tall skeletons in royal burials at Ocmulgee National Monument and Etowah Mounds National Historic Landmark. Both sites were ancestral to the Creek Indians, adding credibility to the Spanish stories. Creek men today, especially in northern Alabama and Georgia, tend to be exceptionally tall.

During 1918, archaeologists discovered over 10,000 Neolithic artifacts in a Nevada cave. Many seemed too large to have been made by standard sized humans.  A male and a female skeleton were also found. The male was said to be 8-feet tall. The skulls are on display at the Humboldt County Museum. 
In 1521, Francisco Gordillo and Pedro de Quejo sailed to the Carolina coast to capture Native American slaves. While they captured 70 natives in Chicora, their relations with another province, Duhare, were amiable.

The people of Duhare were described as Europeans who owned a few metal tools. They had red to brown hair, tan skin and gray eyes.  The men wore full beards and were much taller than the Spanish.  Duhare's houses and pottery were similar to those of American Indians.

The Duhare lived much like other American Indians except for one thing: they had horses and they raised livestock, including chickens, ducks, geese and deer.  All Spanish sources say the Duhare had large herds of domesticated deer, and they made cheese from deer milk!  While dairy deer seems impossible, several Gaelic tribes in Ireland and Scotland had domesticated dairy deer before dairy cows.

The people of Duhare were also skilled farmers  They grew large quantities of corn, grain, potatoes and other vegetables developed in the New World.

The king of Duhare was named Datha.  The Spanish described Dutha as a giant... the largest man they had ever seen. His wife was equally tall.  Datha had brightly colored pigments or tattoos that distinguished him from the commoners.

Duhare can be translated two ways:
1. as “di-hAicher - place of the Clan Hare” or
2. “du’hEir – place of the Irish.” 
Datha is a Medieval Irish Gaelic word that means “painted.”  Since Datha's skin's was covered with pigments or tattoos, as was traditional among the Celts, this name makes perfect sense. 

The description of Duhare's people matches descriptions by Midwestern tribes of the red-haired giants in Canada.  It is quite plausible Duhare's people were not the only Irish Gaelic Caucasians in the Western Hemisphere before Columbus.

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