The oral history of the First Nations in British Columbia (west coast of Canada) got some physical proof. A group of archaeologists working on Triquet Island found evidence of continuous occupation dating back 14,000 years. There was evidence of two tsunamis, yet the people continued to return. An important aspect of this discovery is that it supports the theory that people arrived on the North American continent by boat and not only along the Siberian land bridge.
A 14,000-year-old village site on Triquet Island that did not freeze over during the last Ice Age was home to Heiltsuk First Nations and reaffirms their oral history of a place their ancestors travelled to for survival. UVic PhD candidate Alisha Gauvreau (anthropology) was part of the team of archaeologists from UVic, the Hakai Institute and local First Nations to unearth the ancient village site. (Source)
The discovery lends support to the oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, which has long said its peoples have inhabited the area for generations.
“To know that that history has survived thousands of years of transmission through different generations to the present day, and to have that reaffirmed by archeological information, is very powerful,” said William Housty, a member of the board of directors for the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department.
According to Heiltsuk Nation oral tradition, the island remained ice-free during the last ice age, when much of North America was covered by glaciers.
“It was one of the very few places on our territory where the ice didn’t reach and because of that, that was where our people flocked for survival,” Housty said.
The archeological findings support that, and also show that sea levels have been relatively stable in that area, which is why the island was not submerged like other ancient villages.
Housty said the discovery shows “how the history that we’ve been talking about for thousands of years is true, it’s not just something that has been made up.” (Source)
Personally, I give great credence to the stories handed down through generations of the First Nation peoples. The ones that most interest me are those describing contact with “star people”.