This brings in the Garifuna, or Black Caribb of the late 18th Century and their 40-foot double masted sailing canoes and the thoroughly mixed and very independent Miskitos and their 30 to 50-foot sailing canoes.
The archeologist who appeared on the Art Bell show made that point.
The term canoe is thought to be of Mayan origin yet the word seems one of those universal sounds that you hear everywhere.
The design is basic with subtle features but generally a trunk is cut down of a particular type of tree.
They were Africans no different from Africans found in the Mende regions of today. Today, the Ono and Bambara who are famous sea and river travelers have studied that same complex for thousands of years.
In fact, another group the Dogon is well known for their tracking and mapping of the Sirius star system and their accurate results. The Washitaw Nation of Louisiana, the Garifuna or Black Caribs of the Caribbean and Central America is another, the descendants of the Jamasse who live in Georgia and the surrounding states is another group.