Introducing a new guest blogger, German Dziebel, author of “The Genius of Kinship”

I recently got an email from German Dziebel letting me know that he’s recently published his book titled, “The Genius of Kinship,” in English. The book explains American Indian kinship systems, and synthesizes ethnographic, linguistic and population genetic lines of evidence to discuss kinship organization. I do not yet have a copy of the book to review, but am curious to read it because criticizes the Out-of-Africa theory and outlines a new model of human origins and dispersals. As you may know, we have had many recent discussions on linguistic and genetic evidence behind the peopling of the Americas, so to read someone has a different take on it all seems very intriguing.

In lieu of a book review, I’ve asked Dr. Dziebel to guest blog here at He will hopefully host some discussions about his book and his involvement in anthropology. Dr. Dziebel has some remarkable academic achievements, he holds a Bachelors, Masters and PhD. in History from the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. He also has a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University and an Masters in Sociology from Central European University. He has also done field work on Karelian and Mordvinian populations in Russia.

I welcome Dr. Dziebel to the site and look forward to reading what he has to share with us.

2 thoughts on “Introducing a new guest blogger, German Dziebel, author of “The Genius of Kinship”

  1. Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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