nice article. there are other groups working to identify Lost Tribe peoples - here's one https://www.jewishvoice.org/learn/who-are-lost-tribes-israel.
While spending 3 years in an Inuit village many years ago, I was taught by one of them that through out their history (oral) from the older Elders, that they came in boats from the south to their land. They also said that the belief of a land bridge between Russia and Alaska was not true. This was told to me in the knowledge that I respected their people and would hold this knowledge scared. I was told this while a person of Inuit decent was saying people say they came from China across a bridge, and I simply said "No." To which the person stopped and asked me what I thought. I replied," Your people came from way south, in boats." In shock she asked "How do you Know that? Only we know." I told her from the Book of Mormon, and related how it told of those who left in boats to the north not to be heard of again." From then on, I had many others who came to me to tell me more about them. For me I hold these dear to my heart and thank the Lord for what they shared with me. I have also lived with the Blackfeet and Navaho and have learned much from all of them.
Another fine article from Mark
I have been interested in this Russian Ten Tribes hypothesis since 1973 when I read Canadian author, Farley Mowat’s, " Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia".
The indigenous tribes of Siberia were isolated from world history until the Cossacks breached the Ural Mountains and raped and pillaged them for “soft gold,” the Sable Mink, at about the same time that the Conquistadores were doing the same thing to the American Natives for hard gold. Some of these Siberian Tribes are white-skinned, blond and blue eyed. The Yakut tribe has a legend that long ago their leader, a chief named Elai, led his people from middle-Asia until they reached the banks of the Lena river. Elai carried with him the maxims of their people engraved on a stone tablet. When he saw the flowing water of the Lena he flung in the tablet and gave the order that this is where they were to stay (Sibir: My Discovery of Siberia, Farley Mowat, 1973, page 172).
“26 And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord; and their prophets shall hear his voice, and shall no longer stay themselves; and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their presence.” (D&C 133:26)
As this revelation was given from the Lord in 1831, we may safely conclude that “they who are in the north countries,” were still mostly there at that time. Notice that “the ice shall flow down at their presence.” This means that they are in an area of considerable ice, perhaps a normally permanent ice, or permafrost, that miraculously melts at that time. Going north and east the Tribes would have entered the Siberian Basin which is a huge bowl, larger than the United States, surrounded by the Ural Mountains on the west and the Steppes and the Sayan Mountains on the south.
Back to D&C 133, notice that the Tribes from the North are to come to America before they return to Jerusalem.
27 And an ahighway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep.
28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,
29 And in the abarren deserts there shall come forth pools of bliving water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty land.
30 And they shall bring forth their rich atreasures unto the children of Ephraim, my servants.
31 And the boundaries of the everlasting ahills shall tremble at their presence.
32 And there shall they fall down and be acrowned with glory, even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of bEphraim. (D&C 133:27:32)
There is only one body of water on the planet that could rightly be referred to as the “Great Deep” and that is the Pacific Ocean. A highway, or a land bridge is to be cast up for them to come to boundaries of the everlasting hills, or Rocky Mountains, and receive their Temple Ordinances under the hands of Ephraim. The only way this can work is if they come out of Siberia and therefore, we may conclude that is where many of them are. It is probable that the Mongols, just south of Siberia are also a remnant of the Lost Tribes.
There is an historical tradition that Christ visited the Lake Baikal region of Russia also.
I am of the House of Dan and come from Slovenia.
I have 4 now adult siblings adopted from Eastern Europe. Patriarchal blessings say they were adopted into Ephraim. One son says he has two tribes- Dan and Ephraim. He acts quite differently in his home country compared to USA home. Quite remarkable. 3/4 Russian lines.
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