Attempts to link such structures to non indigenous peoples is part of a larger attempt to end Native American history and to replace that history with an American narrative that denies the identity of North America’s indigenous peoples. The perpetuation of long discredited ideas concerning a race of giants is an affront to the indigenous peoples of North America and need to be recognized as such.
To turn to a different show, I found it a bit humorous that Kevin Randle, the ufologist, has taken to debunking and critiquing America Unearthed and Scott Wolter—and all without a peep of complaint from Wolter’s usual crowd of supporters. Randle evaluated last week’s Custer-centric treasure hunt episode and recognized it as a vapid, evidence-free hour:
He’s no longer offering alternative history; he’s just out chasing ratings… I mean, he’s at the Alamo and now the Little Big Horn… next he’ll probably be out at Area 51 telling us about the secret projects there and then off to Roswell with a metal detector to find saucer wreckage (yeah, I’ve seen the rest of the schedule for the season and those things aren’t there but just wait)… anything to boost ratings. But as for his claim that we didn’t learn the “real” history in school, well, that seems to be just more hype because he hasn’t offered much in the way of evidence that his alternative history is accurate.
It turns out there are non-serious debunkers who consistently take anything they can from our shows, and apparently this blog, and twist it out of proportion to create controversy and drive people to their own blogs.
In fact, my reviews of America Unearthed have all but fallen out of my top ten most viewed website pages for the month of December. My reviews of Search for the Lost Giants and Ancient Aliens had double the draw of any America Unearthed review except for the “Montezuma’s Gold” episode. In fact—and this is completely true—Benjamin Bucklin, the 300-year-old supposed giant from the finale of Search for the Lost Giants, came within striking distance of outpacing Scott Wolter as a search term bringing readers to my site. Lost Giants has easily outpaced America Unearthed this month across all search terms.
And you wonder why I’ve been focusing more on giants this month. Sorry, Scott, you shtick isn’t cutting it anymore. My single best day this whole year had nothing to do with Wolter at all. It was the day that the president of Turkey said in a speech that Muslims reached America in the twelfth century and Columbus saw a mosque in Cuba. That day, driven largely by visitors from Turkey, my site quintupled its usual traffic.
The long and short of it is that if I were going strictly by the numbers, I should stop covering Wolter and his work altogether and switch exclusively to aliens and giants.
Incidentally, Wolter went on to say that he did not do research into the Custer treasure before filming and derived his conclusions secondhand from reenactors and descendants of the Cheyenne, most of whom were telling Wolter material they derived from the same primary sources Wolter should have been consulting directly.