Ya-o-gah People

BEFORE THE IROQUOIS, THERE WAS THE YA-O-GAH PEOPLEhttp://mohawkvalley-wiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/IMG_0451-300x225.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 491px) 100vw, 491px" /
For hundreds of years the origin of the Iroquois people was shrouded in mystery. A thousand years of oral tradition and hundreds of years of fragmented and conflicting historical and archaeological evidence, indicated they came from the east, west or the north–or they evolved from the earliest inhabitants. However, in recent years, a relatively small group of archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, historians and Iroquois, collected and considered volumes of evidence and they announced the discovery of a new, previously unidentified, ancient people called the  Ya-o-gah.

Long before Iroquoian people moved into the Mohawk Valley this area was populated with hunters and gatherers. For thousands of years these semi-nomadic bands roamed the valley, establishing small, seasonal villages near sources of food or atop defensible hills. Consequently, evidence of these early inhabitants has been discovered the length and breadth of the valley. Their tools, weapons, pottery, hearths, and sources of food were distinctive.

Pre-dating the Iroquois, the Ya-o-gah people, were dwellers of the caves, that worshipped a bear God. Archeologists have hypothesized that  Bear God was called Ya-o-gah and the Ya-o-gah people, believed that his spirit channelled through the quartz crystals, native to the Herkimer area.

The data leading to these conclusions was originally uncovered on a Dairy Farm in Mohawk New York in 1983, when a blast of dynamite uncovered an ancient temple loaded with artifacts.  going three stories down into the Earth, this temple has been estimated to be the oldest organized society in North America. The excavation of the caverns has been under strict ordinances from the state of New York and many of the artifacts have not been seen by the public.

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Evidence in the temple have linked the Ya-o-gah people to the Adena people of Ohio. The Adena People migrated East and became the Ya-o-gah people.

The Adena folk were unusually tall and powerfully built; women over six feet tall and men approaching heights of seven feet have been discovered. It would seem that a band of strikingly different people of great presence and majesty had forced their way into the Ohio Valley from somewhere about 1000 B.C.

They are responsible for the Adena Mounds Grave Creek Mound State Park

The Adena People are most well known for building the Serpent Mound.

In the temple, archeologists found several instances of similarly depicted serpentine hieroglyphics.  These glyphs have been interpreted by many to be representing the Ya-o-gah’s enemy, the snake spirits, who brought death and life to the world.

Evidence is still being gathered about the complex animistic beliefs of the Ya-o-gah people and their adoration for Herkimer diamonds, the worship of the bear spirit and the fear of the snake spirit. Theorists believe that the fled Ohio for New York due to weather or food migrations and settled in upstate New York. In this lush forestland, the Adena people could have lived well off the native wildlife and plant life.

A small group of archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, historians and Iroquois who have studied these objects, are certain the the Ya-o-gah existed, but their sudden disappearance has everyone stumped. Did they become the Iroquois? Did the move on again? Did they die off? Nobody knows quite yet.