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  A Southeast Tale
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
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“Madoc am I,

The son of Owain Gwynedd

With stature large and comply grace adorned

No land at home, nor store of wealth

My mind was whole to search the sea.”

 

An Ancient Welsh Ode

 

 

A long, long time ago

A legend arose about blond blue-eyed river Indians

Although this story has never been fully authenticated

It’s been told through the centuries again and again

 

This mystifying tale begins in the year 1170

In the state of Alabama off the coast of Mobile

And it ends centuries later and many miles away

On the Missouri River in North Dakota in 1833

 

It’s said that 10 strange sailing ships

Arrived off the shores of Mobile one day

Its crew was a hardy lot of intrepid explorers

Who were led by a Prince Madoc of Wales

 

As Madoc and his men bravely trekked northward

They eventually built a stone fortification in Tennessee

But one epic and fateful day in a very fierce bloody battle

They were forced to leave by natives called the Cherokee

 

Chief Oconostota of the ancient Cherokee tribe

Told the story of a great war with strange white men

Finally their leader 'Modok' signed an epic peace treaty

These whites vowing never to return to Cherokee land again

 

And so these Europeans kept venturing ever northward

And they soon began shedding their old European ways

They also soon began to mingle with and marry native women

With their offspring becoming blond blue-eyed Indians one day

 

Many early French explorers along the vast Missouri River

Began telling tales of strange ‘natives’ with blue eyes and beards

And one of them, The Sieur de la Verendrye, kept a detailed journal

Depicting his fascinating encounter with them - 1738 was the year

 

On January 13, 1804, President Thomas Jefferson

Dispatched a message to Explorers Lewis and Clark

On their epic and historic journey up the Missouri River

“Be on the lookout for natives who are light-skinned not dark”

 

And in the year 1830 famous American painter and writer George Catlin

Arrived among the Mandan Indians of North Dakota staying with them 3 years

Painting wonderful pictures of their villages and of their European like canoes

And writing about their remarkable Welsh words their blue eyes and their beards

 

In the year 1837 these extremely peaceful native people known as the Mandan Nation

Were decimated by a very severe smallpox epidemic and most of them tragically died

So modern mankind will never really know the truth or fiction of this centuries old tale

About Welshmen in America long before Columbus becoming ‘natives’ with blue eyes

 

 

©2005, Ed Kostro

 

 

Could this incredible tale be true ?  Did a group of Welsh sailors arrive in North America 300 years before Columbus?  And did they and their offspring travel an incredible 1,800 miles from Alabama to North Dakota, assimilating with native peoples along the way, and one day, actually becoming the Mandan Tribe?

 

You decide.

 

Prince Madoc’s journey has been told for centuries, and many stories and poems have been written about him, including the one above.

 

He is believed to be Madog ap Owain Gwynedd, a son of Owain Gwynedd, King of North Wales, and it is likely that he was born at Dolwyddelan Castle in Wales in the twelfth century.

 

According to his legend, he first arrived in North America off the shores of Florida and was so impressed with the land he found, he quickly returned to Wales and convinced 10 shiploads of his countrymen to journey back with him.  Supposedly they did, landing this time in Mobile, Alabama, and eventually disappearing into the wilds of Tennessee – never to be seen again.

 

Historical evidence reveals that a series of pre-Columbian stone forts were built in the southeast United States, and Cherokee Indian legends say that strange white men built them.  One of these ancient forts is said to be nearly identical in setting, layout, and method of construction to Dolwyddelan Castle in Gwynedd, the birthplace of Prince Madoc.

 

Finally, renowned American artist George Catlin spent several years living with, studying, and painting various Native American tribes.  In 1841, he published his classic work:  Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians.

 

In his remarks concerning the Mandan people, Catlin wrote:

 

“I have dwelt longer on the history and customs of these people than I have or shall on any other tribe because I found them to be a very peculiar people.  From the striking peculiarities in their personal appearance, in their customs, traditions, and language.  I have been led conclusively to believe that they are a people of a decidedly different origin from that of any other tribe.”

 

Catlin’s book contains several pages about the Mandans, including a detailed vocabulary comparing the many similarities between Mandan and Welsh words.

 

His painting depicted above shows Mandan Indians in their very strange looking canoes – which many say remarkably resemble ancient Welsh vessels called coracles.

 

 

The Last of My Native American Poems For Awhile,

I now journey to majestic Utah,

On an assignment to help our furry friends,

And to search for more intriguing ancient tales.

 

See You All on My Return

 

 

 

 

 
  
 
 




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Reviewed by Dave Harm 7/14/2005
Ed, there is something so spiritually strong with the legends of the Natives. We lost a valuable part of their culture, because they were branded "savages." Today, we still struggle to try and find all there answers and wisdom... excellent write
Reviewed by Tracey O' 7/10/2005
Ed this is really very interesting I really like this tale. I ferget even though part indian that they have no facial hair or body hair Thanks for this one. I really enjoyed the legend and the picture too is intriguing. Have fun in my home state and THANKS for all you do for OUR FURRY FRIENDS You are The Man that holds my heart.xoox
Spaceyxoox 42 (c :)
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/4/2005
A most absorbing and interesting story on Native Americans Ed !
Enjoy your stay in fabolous Utah , Moab and the Arches are must sees there ! I can vouch for their splendour and magnificence !
Peter
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/1/2005
This was very interesting and intriguing! Loved this tale!

Reindeer
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/28/2005
This was well done and interesting~`*
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/27/2005
May your feet find solid ground in your travels. Certainly you will return with many intriguing tales...of the two-foot and four-foot kind!

This was an amazing tale, that I've forwarded (the URL) to a fine Welsh poet and gentleman; maybe he can validate on the Welsh-end what info we have here in U.S. about Madoc, the son of Owain Gwynedd.

Enjoy yourself, but hurry back to us...

Micke
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/27/2005
Love the way your poems transport, Ed. As always, a very interesting read. Enjoy Utah and its furry friends!
Best,
Carolyn
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/25/2005
Thanks for the teaching, Ed. Best wishes. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 6/24/2005
Bon voyage, LE... or should I be saying Welcome back soon... I'm a bit behind here. (smile)

I'm not a bit surprised, though learning this piece of history was fascinating and I ate it up, word for word, as usual. My ancestors were here long before Columbus, too. It appears that ole Chris was bringin' up the rear on the Americas thingy. Brendan the Navigator also beat him by a long shot.

You go down sooooo easy, compared to the history teacher in school. Ick... did you miss your calling? I love learning about Native Americans... emphasis on NATIVE! Ahem... don't get me started. katy xox
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/24/2005
I would say it's distinctly possible Ed there is even a school of thought in these isles, that the Celts were actually crossing the North Atlantic as early as pre-Roman times it certainly would warrant some futher investigation. Thank you for this fascinating little bit of history and enjoy Utah and take care of those furry critters.

Paul;-}
Reviewed by Susan Barton (Reader) 6/24/2005
the latest Smithsonian magazine has a number of articles regarding Native American life (present and historical) your articles rank right up there!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/22/2005
i always enjoy your writing
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 6/22/2005
Another fascinating addition to this series...have a safe journey and happy story hunting!

Peace and love, Carole
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/22/2005
Hope you enjoy Utah, are you there looking for another wife, as I thought that was legal there...? Doubt Rebecca would appreciate that thought so keep it on the QT between you and I okay? Be cautious in your travels...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Jennifer Ragan (Reader) 6/22/2005
Interesting...thanks for sharing

Jennifer
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/22/2005
Thank you for these tales, Ed, and do enjoy your trip. We'll be looking forward to your return...
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/22/2005
Have a wonderful trip Ed, and return filled with new dreams and poems to write about. We'll be waiting!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/22/2005
Wonderful read Ed...and be back soon my friend...you will be missed ALOT!!

love Tinky
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/22/2005
a delight to read you this morning, eddie; very well done! i love these; keep these gems coming! bravo!!

(((HUGS))) adn mcuh love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by jude forese 6/22/2005
always an inspired pleasure to read you Ed ... good luck on your sojourn ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/22/2005
Ed I read a novel (fiction) many years ago in which Madoc and welsh tribes and similar things were mentinoned. Not in the detail that you give though. This is another of your fascinationg poetic tales. I believe like you, that many of our architechtural discoveries that can't be explained came about in similar ways as you describe in this write.
Though I'm glad you are going on an assignment you love to do, you will be sorely missed!Take care, I look forward to all the great stories you'll have for us on your return!;-) Vaya con Dios!

Eileen
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/22/2005
Yup the Welsh did, they were crossing the Mersey too Liverpool. wondered why a half hour journey took so many weeks.

Hence don't - pay the welsh ferry man- other proof is the indians love of sheep.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/22/2005
Ed,

Have a great time in Utah--wish I were going with you. :) Give the furry friends my best.

I've heard this legend, too, and have no doubt that the white man twisted it to his advantage. Thank you for opening uneducated eyes with your marvelous tales!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/22/2005
Your tales are always full of mysteries and who can doubt that these people really existed. Have a great sojourn.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/22/2005
Loved this story and i felt truth about it. You will be missed while you are gone.

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