Wednesday, November 7, 2012

THE MELANESIAN (AFRICANS) OF SOLOMON ISLANDS: THE WORLD`S ONLY BLACK BLONDES

Modern evidence, including DNA analysis confirms the opinion that modern man, in the form of Homo sapiens, first came out of Africa as early as 200,000 years ago.The Africans migrated along the coast of Arabia to West Asia to India; a branch continued across the major islands off Asia -- Indonesia, Borneo, Papua New Guinea -- and some as far as Australia, marking the first major sea crossing of humans; a branch continued along the coast of Asia to West Asia to China; from China a branch went westward into Central Asia, and then some southward into Southeast Asia, particularly India, while a branch continued westward into Europe, these together forming the Indo-European group and then the last major group went from China across the Bering Straight into North America and from there some continued into South America. 
            Melanesian family of blondes in Solomon Islands,Although the indigenous Melanesian population possess the darkest skin outside of Africa, between five and ten per cent also have bright blond hair

Of the pioneers who moved across Asia, one group moved south-east down through the Indo-Malaysian archipelago, crossing over into Australia during a brief window of opportunity 65,000 years ago when water levels dropped. They also reached Papua possibly as early as 65,000 years ago eventually moving from there across the Pacific. (read further on human migration from Africa here:http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/human-migration.html?c=y&page=3)
                   Children of Malaita Island, Solomon Islands
Melanesia is a sub-region of Oceania extending from the western end of the Pacific Ocean to the Arafura Sea, and eastward to Fiji. The region comprises most of the islands immediately north and northeast of Australia. The name Melanesia (from Greek: μέλας black; νῆσος, islands) was first used by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1832 to denote an ethnic and geographical grouping of islands distinct from Polynesia and Micronesia. In other words, Melanesian are black island people in the south pacific that migrated their thousands of years ago, unlike blacks in the Americas that came to the Americas as slaves.

                   Yandina_St_Christobel_Island_Solomon_Islands_Sept1970

While all humans, (who are descendants of people who left Africa in multiple waves)  outside of Africa are now known to have inherited some genes from Neanderthals, Melanesians are the only known modern humans whose prehistoric ancestors mixed with the Denisova hominin, sharing 4%–6% of their genome with this ancient cousin of the Neanderthal.  Needless to say, the majority of the world languages is spoken on the island of New Guinea which is in Melanesia.

     Bougainville woman on the phone - Papua New Guinea


The Melanesia islands is comprise of the countries of Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Island, and New Caledonia, however many of the countries in Melanesia have a significant Polynesian minorities, yet in New Caledonia case a significant European minority.
     Beautiful Girls from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu during the PNG Independence celebration



                          Beautiful Melanesian kids

MELANESIANS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS
The Solomon Islands also known as "black islands" are located in the South Pacific, the very heart of  Melanesia, just Northeast of Australia, between Papua and Vanuatu and constitute an independent state within the British Commonwealth.
      Blonde-haired Melanesian youth from the Solomon Islands, South Pacific
The Solomon Islands are a chain of seven large and many smaller islands from northwest to southeast over 1,500 km. They are volcanic, mountainous, and heavily forested. The area (28900 square km) is divided into nine provinces:
               Melanesians in kayak with their catch, Santa Ana,Solomon Islands

Guadalcanal (5,302 sq km) is the biggest island, with 49,000 inhabitants. Here we find the highest mountain in the country, Popomanasiu (2,440m). The government and most industry and commerce are also located here.

Western province, famous for its turquoise waters and lagoons, is a great place for ecotourism. Choiseul province is formed from volcanic origin islands. In Malaita province people still live close to the nature and practice ancient traditions such as kite fishing and ancestor and shark worship.
Rennell and Bellona are two atolls where Polynesian people speak a language related to Maori. Rennell is the largest uplifted atoll in the world; its lake Tenganu has environmental significance: at the bottom you can see eight Catalina flying boats from the Second World War.

Central province (Ngella, Russels and Savo islands) is full of reefs, beaches, and reminders of the Second World War, such as bunkers and sunken boats or planes.


Temotu province still keeps traditional beliefs and customs. In Ulawa there are species of birds that are not found anywhere else in the world. The first European contact was made in Isabel province.

PEOPLE
The population of the Solomon Islands (342000) is predominantly Melanesian. Solomon Islanders are Negroid and Australoid, 9% urban and 91% rural.

                                Solomon Islands Melanesian dancers
LANGUAGE
The official languages of the Solomon Islands are English and Solomon Pidgin, but 87 other distinct local languages and dialects are spoken.
                                                      Melanseian kids from Solomon Islands
GENERAL INFORMATION
The Solomon Islands is a parliamentary state within the Commonwealth divided into 4 administrative districts. Its legislature is a National Parliament. The Government leaders are Sir George Lepping (governor-general) and Solomon Mamaloni (prime minister)

   Solomon Islands prime minister`s secretary,Danny Philip

Agriculture is the mainstay of the islands’ economy ($510 per capita [1985]) but people also work in public services (30%), trade, transport, communications, manufacturing and construction. They import foodstuffs, consumer goods, machinery and transport materials from Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom; and they export timber, copra, palm oil, cocoa and marine shells.

There is only one university in the whole country, and just 60% of the adult population is literate. There are 729 hospital beds and 32 doctors. The main illnesses are malaria (caught from mosquito bites), tuberculosis and leprosy. 43/1000 children die at birth.
                       Solomon Islands kids

There are no railroads in the Solomon Islands, but three major ports and three major airfields with their own Solomon Airlines.

                              Melanesian man at Solomon Islands


The climate is tropical, with coastal day temperatures averaging 28ºC. The dry season is from April to November.
The Solomon Islands dollar is valued at $3.30 = US $1.00.
                             Solomon Island woman smiling during their annual PNG festival

The flag is blue over green divided by a diagonal yellow band, with five white stars on the top. The national anthem is called "God Bless our Solomon Islands" and the national day is the 7th of July, Independence Day.

HISTORY

The origin of Melanesian people is uncertain, but the Solomon Islands were probably settled by Neolithic people from Southeast Asia. Archaeological evidence shows that people from the Bismarck islands went to Polynesia and became the ancestors of those who later returned to the Solomon Islands.
      Woman in a traditional Melanesian dress from Solomon Islands

In 1568, Spanish Alvaro de Mendaña arrived in Guadalcanal. He discovered gold on it and he thought he had found the source of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. He gave Spanish names to the islands but the hostility of the indigenous population prevented European settlement for a while.

In 1893 a British protectorate was established over the Southern Solomons. The Santa Cruz group was added in 1898, and in 1900 Shortland was transferred by treaty from Germany. By this year the present political composition had been established.

            Vintage WW2 Solomon Islands Breast Feeding, Pipe Smoking, Native Woman

After the Second World War, an opposition to the British called the Marching Rule Movement begun. Self government was permitted in 1976, and two years later the country became independent. The head of state was the British Monarch, and the first prime minister, Peter Kenilorea, was elected from the National Parliament and lasted 10 years.
In 1986 the islands were devastated by Typhoon Namu.
SHELLS AND BELLS “I feel happy when I see it,” says Archbishop David Vunagi of the liturgy that has evolved out of the vibrant Melanesian culture in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific.
Photo: Ali Symon


RELIGION
95% of the people are Christians. Until a hundred years ago indigenous people practised cannibalism, head-hunting, kidnapping, slavery and open sorcery, but old customs and practices turned to the "true God and creator of the Universe".
         Melanesian Anglican Church members in Solomon Islands


                            David Vunagi,Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia
ART
The art of Melanesia has a sculptural and pictorial tradition, but artworks are often combined with music, dance, and oral literature. Melanesian artists work on social and religious themes. They are cultural forms resulting from the creative manipulation of movements, sounds, words, or materials.

Before the European contact the use of metal was unknown; they used tools made of stone, bone shell, shark teeth and fish skin. After Europeans reached the islands Melanesians got more efficient metal tools for wood carving and new visual images. Trade goods such as blankets, bark cloth, basketry or wooden containers were produced for sale.

But the introduction of Christianity put an end to the production of images, and those that already existed were destroyed by missionaries and converted islanders. Today the production of images of the old gods has been revived for sale to tourists. Also basketry and bark cloth have now become high-quality crafts sold as souvenirs and as decorative objects.
             Solomon Islands contingent at South Pacific Arts Festival 2012

The traditional arts of Melanesia can be best understood in relation to political and social values. The society was divided into small independent groups headed by a big man. The creation of artistic work was associated with the ceremonial cycles: passage rites, funerals, warfare with another group etc. Each social group had its own traditional art forms, so we can find a large number of different styles of masks, costumes, musical instruments, or representations of ancestors and legendary figures.
The artworks have a strong expressionism and vivid interplay between line and colour, it is a highly emotional and dramatic art.
Music of the Solomons


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j8RWbh-cUg&feature=related


Once their ceremonial functions were over, many art objects were destroyed, which limits our perception of Melanesian artistic traditions. Moreover, artworks had a different appearance because they were decorated with feathers, leaves, etc. watch this video:http://vimeo.com/15556310
In the Solomon Islands we can find carved shell-discs and kapkaps.

                               Solomon Islands kids in their cultural attire
The art of Melanesia has such a spontaneous character and creative individuality that it has been imitated by the German expressionists and surrealists.



Melanesian of Solomon islands have come into the curiosity of the scientific world geneticists as a result of their unusual blonde hairs.They actually have the highest prevalence of blonde hair outside of Europe, in fact ten percent of these islanders are blonde. Some historians believe that after the Nordics moved from Sumer – who first arrived in Oceania after building Great Zimbabwe! blonde hair came from mixing with the ancient alien gods. Others also maintain that it was the Europeans that first founded the Island that breed with them to  cause that blonde hair color

                    Melanesian woman

 It is largely held belief in the scientific world that blondes could only be found among Caucasians. Whatever may be attributed scientifically to the outcome of why these African Melanesian of Solomon Islands came by their blonde hair it only goes to cement the assertion that black Africans were the first homo sapiens and that all races came out of black African.
                              Beautiful blonde Melanesian kids of Solomon Islands

Here is a piece on how the Melanesian of Solomon islands came by their (blonde) hair color in  Discover Magazine blog: Gene Expression.


Naturally blond hair is rare in humans and found almost exclusively in Europe and Oceania. Here, we identify an arginine-to-cysteine change at a highly conserved residue in tyrosinase-related protein 1 (TYRP1) as a major determinant of blond hair in Solomon Islanders. This missense mutation is predicted to affect catalytic activity of TYRP1 and causes blond hair through a recessive mode of inheritance. The mutation is at a frequency of 26% in the Solomon Islands, is absent outside of Oceania, represents a strong common genetic effect on a complex human phenotype, and highlights the importance of examining genetic associations worldwide.
 
    Melanesian kids swimming under water in Solomon Islands
The study was a classic cases vs. controlsGWAS. They looked at variants in a lot of people with the trait, vs. those without the trait. Additionally, if you check the supplements and read the text it’s obvious there is no population straification. That is,having blonde hair is not correlated with a different ancestry in these Melanesian populations. Rather, this is a relatively robust recessively expressed trait that seems to have been segregating within these groups before contact. Those individuals who are homozygotes tend to have blond hair, while those who are not tend not to have blonde hair. TYRP1 is a pigmentation related locus, so it isn’t surprising that the mutation was around that region of the genome. The key though is to note that the specific mutation is not found in Europeans. Rather, it is limited to Oceanians. The extremely close correspondence between the genotype and the trait, and the lack of similarity in the variants between Europeans and Oceanians, ends debate on questions of the heritability and possible exotic origin of the trait in Oceanians. Now it is known, and the debate shall end.
So how did the Oceanians come to have such a high frequency of this trait? Here’s a comment from one of the preeminent biological anthropologists of Melanesia:
The mutation, which has no obvious advantages, likely arose by chance in one individual and drifted to a high frequency in the Solomon Islands because the original population was small, says Jonathan Friedlaender, an anthropologist emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study. “This whole area seems to have been populated by very small groups of people making it across these stepping-stone islands, so you do have very dramatic effects in fluctuations of gene frequency.”
         Little Blonde Melanesian girl gives thumbs up sign
It is absolutely correct that Oceanian populations exhibit a lot of evidence of small effective population, and so are subject to random genetic drift. In this model the frequency of ~0.25 for the allele which results in bondlism in the homozygote in the Solomon islands is high as it is due to a drift event up in frequency from an initial variant mutation. But there are reasons I am skeptical of this. The first is a somewhat technical one: if the high frequency in the Solomons is due to rapid rise in frequency due to large generation-to-generation fluctuations, you’d expect to see some linkage disequilibrium in the region of TYRP1. That’s because presumably the blonde allele comes from a common ancestor, which just happened to be over-sampled in a high drift regime. Even if it wasn’t a selective sweep, flanking SNPs would still be transmitted at high frequency with the causal variant through drift. If the drift event occurred in the past, the allele should be fixed, or, it should be extinct. If you imagine that it was fixed in some populations, and then admixture resulted in the allele segregation, then there should be LD around the SNP too.
It is noted in the text that the authors did not find evidenc of high LD in their tests for natural selection, XP-EHH or iHS. These tests are cued to pick up relatively recent selective events, on the order of ~10,000 years or so. They’re geared toward detection of correlations of variation across regions of the genome generated by positive selection (though as I suggest above, they can also yield false positives due to stochastic events, especially iHS). Additionally, using Fst, a between population genetic variation measure, the authors note that the SNP in question has a high Fst when comparing Solomon Islanders with non-Oceanians, but nearby SNPs to it do not.
Solomon Islands children
Local children watch surfers in the Solomon Islands. A new study has found a "blond" gene for melanesian people, debunking the theory that blond hair came from European interbreeding. Source: Supplied
But there’s a very good reason I never expected there to be recent selection driving this anyhow:Australian Aboriginals sometimes manifest blonde hair, and the best genetic data suggests separation from Melanesians of at least 10,000 years. Additionally, the Solomon Islands were not part of Sahul, so that’s a conservative estimate. We don’t know if the Aboriginals have the same TRYP1 mutation, but there’s the same tendency toward dark skin and light hair amongst them. It also seems rather suspicious to me that the highest frequency of blonde hair outside of West Eurasia is all amongst Oceanian populations, who are phylogenetically a distinct clade.
                                       Utupua,Solomon Island

What I am suggesting then is that this pigmentation mutation is an old feature of the Oceanian populations, on the order of tens of thousands of years. That is why there isn’t LD around this region; any LD which existed was long ago eliminated by recombination. But why is it still around at minor allele level frequencies? When all other explanations are found wanting, you go where you have to, so therefore I suggest some form of balancing selection. One could posit overdominanceon a trait other than pigmentation, with the hair color being simply a correlated response.
      Young Melanesian boy
Finally, I want to note that this really does confirm that as an overall trait controlled by a relatively small number of genes pigmentation in the lightening direction has a huge mutational target on it. Remember that East and West Eurasians are light skinned for different reasons. And in regards to skin color, an interesting point is that Melanesians, in particular Solomon Islanders, are amongst the most genetically similar to Africans when it comes to variation on these loci. TYRP1 is quite the exception.
Image credit: Graham Crumb




The Origin of Blond Afros in Melanesia

on 3 May 2012



Pay a visit to Melanesia's Solomon Islands, 1800 kilometers northeast of Australia, and you'll notice a striking contrast: about 10% of the dark-skinned islanders sport bright blond afros. Hypotheses about the origins of this golden hair have included bleaching by sun and saltwater, a diet rich in fish, and the genetic legacy of Europeans or Americans. But a new study fingers a random mutation instead, suggesting that blond hair evolved independently at least twice in human history. And other novel genes, including ones with serious health consequences, may await discovery in understudied populations.

Human hair color is a trait usually governed by many genes, but study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, Canada, suspected things might be simpler in the Solomon Islands because he saw almost no variation in shades of blond hair. "It looked pretty obvious to me that it was a real binary trait. You either had blond hair or you didn't," says Myles.

To search for an underlying genetic blueprint, Myles and his colleagues collected saliva and hair samples from 1209 Solomon Islanders. Population genetic studies usually compare thousands of individuals, but the researchers predicted they could detect differences in a much smaller sample because of the stark contrast between the islanders' blond and dark locks. They compared the entire genetic makeup of 43 blond and 42 dark-haired islanders. The two groups, they found, had different versions of a crucial gene, one that coded for a protein involved in pigmentation. Switching one "letter" of genetic code-replacing a "C" with a "T"-meant the difference between dark hair and blond hair. A similar mutation creates blond mice by reducing the melanin content in their fur.


Blond Solomon Islanders carry two copies of this mutant gene, which is present in 26% of the islands' population, the team will report in tomorrow's issue of Science. The gene is recessive, which means that blonds inherit it from both parents. The researchers did not find the mutation in DNA samples of 941 individuals from 52 other populations around the world, including European countries. "It's a great example of convergent evolution, where the same outcome is brought about by completely different means," says Myles.
The mutation, which has no obvious advantages, likely arose by chance in one individual and drifted to a high frequency in the Solomon Islands because the original population was small, says Jonathan Friedlaender, an anthropologist emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study. "This whole area seems to have been populated by very small groups of people making it across these stepping-stone islands, so you do have very dramatic effects in fluctuations of gene frequency."Blonde girl
The results, says Myles, help deconstruct a Eurocentric view of the world in thinking about where blond hair comes from. He hopes the paper will draw attention to the bigger issue of other novel genes that scientists may be missing by concentrating on the genomes of Europeans. "If you can find a gene for blond hair that exists in Melanesia and nowhere else," Myles says, "then there's no reason why those sorts of genes don't exist all over world in underrepresented populations, and affect not only hair pigmentation, but also disease-related traits."
                                     blonde hair Melanesian girl of Solomon Islands
"I think it's a very solid study," says Rasmus Nielsen, a population geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley. He says the paper makes a strong case for studying diverse populations. "We're spending millions and millions of dollars to learn a little bit more about the genetic basis of some of the traits that have already been studied in Europeans," he says. "This study illustrates that there is a lot to be gained in human genetics by looking into small, isolated populations."(http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/05/the-origin-of-blond-afros-in-mel.html)
Melanesian girl of Solomon Islands. check her eyes

Photos of Natural Black Blondes from Solomon Islands

      Solomon Island Melanesians wearing light blue shirts

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                               Melanesian Female Tarditional Dancers.Solomon Islands




      Melanesian old lady smoking pipe





































38 comments:

  1. Thank You for sharing this Very Interesting study! This is yet another confirmation of things my Mother,Mrs.Bernice Davis (1912-1998),taught us : ALL humans are of African descent! AWESOME!

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  2. i have been complaining about black female celebs with blonde weave hair like mary j blige, beyonce and rhiana for ages. but now i see that there are black african island people with real blonde hair who are not fathered by european white men. at least that's what i thought. beautiful, divine, awesome people. love, love these pictures.

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    1. Many Americans though are trying to be more European. These people are natural in the photo big difference

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  3. I would LOVE to interview you for global local online community hub. Do get in contact here if you are interested - globallocal[at]rocketmail[dot]com

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  4. We are not African people. African-American nationalists hate white supremacists, but African-American nationalists are talking the same bullshit (for political reasons or because of their own low self-esteem) just as these white supremacists, but this time from an African etnocentric point of view. "The out of Africa theory" is a hypothesis from white scientists. There is no real evidence and if you respect our culture and our identity you visit our elders in Melanesia and listen to their story, instead of telling the world Melanesians are Africans.

    Melanesians don't speak African languages. We are not part of the African continent. We have no African culture. But we do resprect African people, as long as they respect us. Being black (dark skin color) is not reserved only for Africans (That's similar to the mindset of white racists and their white racist concept of being white as long as you are not mixed, you know, blond hair, blue eyes). Actually no one can claim it. Being black is not the same as being African. According to the out of Africa theory Europeans are also Africans, so what's the point of saying Melanesians are Africans because of their black/dark skin.

    There's a difference between DNA en phenotype. For example the Aeta tribes of the Phillipines are also black people (phenotype), but their DNA is not similar to that of Africans or Melanesians. If you really know what it is to be African or Melanesian you would never say that Melanesians are Africans.

    We are all humans.

    Melanesian Son.
    Ancient people of Oceania.

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    1. Hi, while I respect your point of view, and understand you being a proud son of Melanesia, I would like to start by asking who are the Africans. It is established that these African people are the most ancient people in the world - the cradle of civilization. The oldest human being found so far, was in Ethiopia, named Lucy. Obviously humans travel as we do today, and so all humans come out of Africa through those who travelled out of Africa in very ancient times, the memory of which has been lost to your elders and mostly everyone's elders. But science ( which is made by humans - white, black, Asain etc) has found out the truth by way of genes and DNA, and also anthropology such findiing the oldest humans. So you have in part what they have termed negro (negroid) genes in your people which tells us that you indeed are closel related to us Africans and indeed you were once one with us. As was the whole world at once. But I do understand that you are a native of the Oceania, and everyone one though once African have long established their own nations when they left Africa. I say one love and untiy. Peace.

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    3. Who are the Africans? Well according to the previous comment, anyone and everyone who is descendant from Africa - i.e. everybody. I'm an African, Arnold Schwarzenegger is African, and the Queen of England (who also happens to be the Queen of Solomon Islands) is African. I'll agree to this but if we follow that line of thinking, then its also fair to say that we're all also Pangaeans, or Primordial Soupians. However, I think this blog uses a more historical definition of what constitutes an African person (i.e. people with African heritage within the last 500 years)

      The Melanesian people were split and established long before man had made any large scale move into Europe and Asia (i.e. BEFORE either the Caucasoid and Mongoloid races had begun to develop). Therefore, people with a pure Melanesian heritage are no more closely related to people with African (i.e. negroid) heritage than a pure blood Chinaman or Englishman. So by virtue of human migration patterns that occurred 100,000 - 10,000 years ago, the Queen of Solomons Island (a.k.a. Elizabeth II) has got a better claim to being African than most of her subjects in the Solomon Islands, and that's not taking into account any factors occurring since 10,000 years ago (e.g England, home place of Elizabeth II, is a lot closer and easier to travel, to and from, Africa than the Solomon Islands. Historically, a lot more has happen between England (and other European and Asian nations) and Africa than between Africa & the Solomon Islands - therefore more chance for interbreeding).

      By the same definition, the Mongoloid and Caucasoid races just as, if not more so, closely related to the Melanesian people (and each other) than any of them are to the Negroid race.

      And although Africa is the origin of the species, historically Mesopotimia is generally considered the cradle of civilisation. You could include Egypt in that area, and the definition of what is and isn't 'civilisation', and when it began is debatable. By most definitions, that was long after people had spread throughout Asia and Europe, and about 30,000 - 50,000 years after Melanesia had been settled.

      To say a Melanesian person is part Negroid because they have dark skin is as logical as calling them part Caucasoid because they have blonde hair.

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    4. i agree 110% melanesians are not africans, so called african americans are not africans and the west africans i know laugh when so called african americans call themselves that. my great grand father told me we didnt come from africa we were already here in america when the spanish, french euros etc.. showed up. how the hell can you be african and american at the same dam time? american son. ancient people of north west amexem/north america.

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    5. Dahwu, all Africans in Casblanca, Rabat, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, Zanzibar etc are not Africans per your reasons with regards to African Americans not being Africans. I am a West African from Ghana and we never laugh at any African American for claiming to be African. We welcome them with an open arms. Stop exhibiting your blinking ignorance on a subject you have not an iota of intelligence on.

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    6. There is no escape from Africa. Without Africa, there would be no Americas, Europe, Asia or Melanesia.

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    7. I love Melanesians, and Agree 200 with you that they are not Africans what ever was their skin color. I really do not have Idea about their Y-DNA and mtDNA but that is not an issue.. I think Africa is named by humans some time in the history, so from that day of naming, just from that day we can consider that Africa geographically (ONLY) then who ever was there is African including light skinned ones and dark skinned ones as well, then from that time every body stayed there or moved somewhere else can be called as having an African origin , like African Americans... many African dhave never moved from Africa or it wasn't known about them that they came (back) from else where are light skinned.. and there other people in Africa having the DNA of Western Europe and they are black or mostly dark skinned mainly (Hausa and Fulani) among others, so they are Africans despite their R1b DNA... Then there other blacks in Philippines and Australia Indonesia etc, we can not call them Africans also.. these categorizations built on skin color, eye color shape of hair are made by humans like naming the continents.. In fact there is one human race and there are reason of seeing all these differences of color, hair, eye etc all these seen characteristics does represent 0.1% of human genome all the 99.9% is the same.. Africanism is not race but geographical concept..
      Thanks Kwekudee
      Love Melanesian

      Greetings from:
      PURE Dark skinned African - with R1b DNA - Speaking Afrro-astic mother tong

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    8. Well said!!! I agree totally. That need to question our ancestry only to give more weight and importance to one's one personal origin is so ridiculous!!! We are humans. There's nothing more to add!!!

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  5. I love this! Very beautiful people. Very interesting history and culture.

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  6. "THE MELANESIAN (AFRICANS) OF SOLOMON ISLANDS: THE WORLD`S ONLY BLACK BLONDES"

    Wow, that headline is so wrong. To call Melanesians 'African' is no more accurate than saying 'the Nordic are African' or 'the Melanesians are Celtic'. Literally (see my comment above).

    'World's only black blondes'. Also false. Ignores the large proportion of blondes amongst other Melanesian societies, such as in New Guinea or Vanuatu. Also ignores a large number of blondes amongst Australian Aboriginals. Both these racial groups had a reasonably large proportion of blondes prior to European contact, and more so since then.

    It's a pity that a blog that celebrates cultural and racial diversity comes up with a heading so ignorant.

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  7. I'm really amazed and at the same time very eager to get to Solomon Islands. I hope to come for an assignment to serve the people of Gizo Islands for 2 years. I'm looking forward to coming over and thank God for this sharing. Be blessed

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  8. As a blond Solomon islander originally from Malaita myself, it is very interesting to know the findings that we were from Africa by origin.in some other studies they say we were from southeast Asia... this makes me wonder where we came from. Africa maybe because we have dark skin or south east Asia maybe because of lingua franca and lapita pottery or may from Sweden because of the blond hairs or may be from some where else renown for summoning the spirits and the powers of nature like lightning and thunder, aliens or even the shark, crocodile, eagles, snake you name it. this too i believe a significant thing to study to know where we came from...otherwise, African are Africans, Chinese are Chinese,Swedish are Swedish and Malaitans are Malaitan in the Solomon islands. feel free for a good guess!!!

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    1. john lebeoa,
      To cut a long story short:
      1) All homo sapiens (everyone alive today) has ancestors that originated in Africa and nowhere else.

      2) There were many types of hominids in Africa's past that died out, only homo sapiens survive today. Neanderthals were one of these hominids who made it to Europe but died out, though a little interbreeding took place.

      3) Melanesians are as African as Swedes.

      4) The greatest genetic diversity on any continent is in Africa, which indicates length of time man has been present on the African continent. Within the continent see the San people of South West Africa. They have the greatest genetic diversity of any people.

      Therefore, many Africans can argue strongly against being pigeonholed into the 'African race'. Such a race does not exist. Africans are very different from each other. I know because am an African and live in Africa. Look up the Khoikhoi and the Nuba. Look up Masai and Aka, Efé and Mbuti pygmoid. Very different - and I could go on.

      Peace and love.

      References:
      "Out-of-Africa, the peopling of continents and islands: tracing uniparental gene trees across the map"
      http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/367/1590/770.short

      "Africa's genetic secrets unlocked"
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8027269.stm

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    2. You forgot to mention that a shitload of people living in Africa today aren't "native" either (I'm not talking about white people. They come from Central Asia) The people speaking "Bantu" languages and a lot of "negroes" from west-africa are actually Shemites (i.e from the middle east) . Secondly, there's a reason why you find black people in basically all of Asia. That's the route some Africans took when they migrated out of Africa (some ventured to Europe, and thus became the first Europeans also) , eastward through Asia and then into the pacific.

      Secondly, by looking at the traditional outfits and their music & dance, it's obvious that they've retained much more of their ancient african heritage compared to any white person on this earth, so to say that a Melanesian is as african as a swede is both stupid and ignorant.

      Now, this is not to take away their own culture which obviously evolved independently of some "Africans" (as I said, many Africans today come from the Middle East, or rather, our ancestors emigrated from Africa, settled in the middle east, and thus created the sumerian/anatolian/persian/arabian/israelite civilization(s) . Israelites fled into Africa (yet again) after their captivity in Assyra & Babylon, and many fled afterwards to africa to escape persecution from the Hellenistic Greeks and the Romans later on)

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  9. I'm loving this blog and it's my first time. Thumbs up!

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  10. I loved the pictures of all the people and children. Some are strikingly very pretty or handsome. I think it is the sun and salt water that changes the hair color, but DNA can be a contributing factor. I used to live in the desert and I spent a lot of time outdoors and my hair became sun bleached and golden to blonde and my hair was medium brown.No tit is silver. I hoe those islanders are strong and naturally healthy? I've seen other islanders like Samoan that are very strong and tall too. Very pretty women and I love the culture. They are healthier than most in societies that have been "civilized". I welcome communication from any of the islanders. john.a.carman@gmail.com

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  11. When I was born and through out my teens, I was a red head, I had a sister who was white haired and a brother who was blonde. My great grandmother has the last name Solomon. Out DNA showed just about every race except Melanesian. We have alot of Asian ancetry through DNA. I assumed it was Native American or Middle Eastern. Also there are alot of red heads (called copper heads) on the continent of Africa

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  15. this totally awesome i can't wait to visit this unique paradise

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  17. very good information, although it's inaccurate to call them africans just because they're pure 'black'. they've not lived in africa for at least 60,000 years.

    http://1tawnystranger.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/10/

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  18. Hi, I am an American of African descent (yes, I didn't describe myself as being African American)! I am so proud of my African heritage that I rarely mention my other genetic backgrounds!!!

    Why you may wondèr? The reason I am this way is because I relate more to people who look like me (others of African descent)! Also, I've noticed that Caucasian, Asians, and other races (not Latinos, Indians, or middleeasterns because they've confused me for being one of their own) see me only as a black woman!!!

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  19. Very peculiar to see black people with blond hair. There blond hair is funny, sometimes pretty! I believe we all came from Africa, but it's not reallly accurate to say they are Africans, their ancestors were.

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  20. Its funny how a discovery of Black peoples with blonde hair should fascinate so many people (both Black and white). That these people have African ancestry there should be no doubt. The only real doubt can be about isolated evolution on this planet. When the whole of our known universe is filled with trillions of stars, planets and galaxies!!!

    That we should have evolved here on Earth alone, unaided or assisted by any other previous intelligent life beings beggars belief and child-like need to believe in fairy tales!

    Which is why scientists now even discredit the "Out of Africa Theory" for the evolution of all human beings on this planet. The "physical evidence", try as they might, just does not support this. What does the theory does support or point to is an undeniable genetic DNA African template from which we all have a connection to...

    However, none of this makes any sense unless we are prepared to acknowledge our ET DNA genetic inheritance a well...

    Here are my own researched findings...

    http://kwamlaonfb.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/youtube-black-people-does-the-earth-belong-to-blacks-have-they-been-invaded-david-wilcock/#comment-1041

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  22. this is wrong we/I am not of African decent.

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