Native Americans had their own written language according to a Catholic Missionary. Father LeClerc served among the Mi’kmac people in what is now called Acadian Canada in the 1600’s. Father LeClerc reported that he saw children exchanging notes on birchbark paper in the Mi’kmac language.
In the 1730’s, a Catholic Priest named Peirre Milliard wrote the Lord’s Prayer and numerous other documents in Mi’kmac to help his parish learn the stories of the Bible. In teaching his people, he documented Mi’kmac writing hieroglyphics. Mi’kmac writing is considered to be the oldest writing system in North America.
An English Scholar, Barry Fell, noted the similarities of Mi’kmac hieroglyphics with Egyptian hieroglyphics. The picture above is provided so you can read for yourself. As you look at the characters, it is important to note that Egyptian hieroglyphics were not even translated and deciphered until 1823.
While Barry Fell, as a scholar, has been criticized for his flawed work as a scientist by his peers. One critical peer, Dr. David H Kelley, asked rhetorically where “we have gone wrong as archaeologists in not recognizing such an extensive European presence in the New World.” Even the scientists are questioning how they let this juicy piece of scholarship slip through their fingers.
Fell, Barry. (1976, 1989). America B.C.: Ancient Settlers in the New World. Muskogee, OK: Artisan Publishers.
Kelley, D. H. (Spring 1990). “Proto-Tifinagh and Proto-Ogham in the Americas: Review of Fell; Fell and Farley; Fell and Reinert; Johannessen, et al.; McGlone and Leonard; Totten”. The Review of Archaeology. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2014.