23andMe has several features that can reveal genetic evidence of Native American ancestry.
The First Americans
The first humans to reached the New World from Asia 15,000 years ago. They quickly populated much of the Americas. Researchers compared the DNA of indigenous Americans and confirmed a genetic link with peoples of Northeast Asia.
European colonization, exposure to disease and genocide decimated many tribes. But many tribes survived, and the genetic and cultural legacy of the earliest Americans persists to this day.
Some indigenous languages and language families still have over 1 million native speakers. Among those languages are Mayan and Nahuatl (Aztec) in Central America, as well as Guarani, Aymara, and Quechua in South America.
In North America several languages still have many native speakers. Navajo is spoken by nearly 200,000 people, while Cree and Ojibwe are each spoken by around 90,000 people. Other tribes have reinvigorated efforts to save and preserve their language and culture.
Do You Have Native American Ancestry?
While 23andMe can reveal genetic evidence of Native American ancestry, it cannot identify specific tribal affiliations.
Want to learn whether you have Native American ancestry? Take a DNA test with 23andMe and get a breakdown of your global ancestry, connect with DNA relatives and more. Find out more here.
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