have oral history that references a faraway land of andes-like mountains in the east, cultivated sweet potato (a plant native to central america, not the pacific), literally call sweet potato by the same word used by the quechua and aymara people indigenous to the andes, left physical remains on islands a few km off the coast of chile, have genetic links with native south americans
hmmm it's very doubtful polynesians contacted south america.. they probably just stopped permanently at easter island for some reason after systematically navigating the entire south pacific. the sweet potatos floated to them across the ocean
Seated at a picnic table under a tent just a few feet away from me was a group of “old-timers” - black gay men whose average age was about 65- who were talking about their gay lives “back in the day.” Between the laughs and lies, grins and guffaws, tears and testimonies, were glimpses into remarkable lives: these were living archives of faces, places, events, deaths, births, past sins, and sex. I was spellbound, captivated by these stories in the same way I had been when I was a child listening to the stories of my grandmother. The difference, however, was that unlike my grandmother’s stories, which validated by family and black history, the stories that these men told validated my black and queer history. At that moment, I knew that I would some day write a book that documented these stories.
E. Patrick Johnson, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South, an Oral History