Even freakier is a suggestion in "Twenty cases suggestive of reincarnation" that buddhist monks found their way to mexico and alaska.
For example, stevenson quoted findings that funeral hymes among the tlingit aboriginals contain chinese words. Also prominent is that the tlingit concept of 'reincarnation' resembles more buddhist 'rebirth', even in thr analogy of candle igniting candle (possibly the most common analogy).
Add an accounting from a buddhist monk of a sea journey where he traveled from island to island until reaching a very large country. These islands, and the description of the journey, resembles a possible route of immigration for peoples along an island chain that stretches across the pacific ocean.
I have since returned the book to the library. Probably I should have noted Stevensons references; although I haven't any means of aquiring the articles anyway. Tsk.
Fun to contemplate, yes.
The thoughts I've expressed in the above post are carefully considered and offered in good faith.
And friendliness towards the world is happiness for him who is forbearing with living beings. -- Ud. 2:1
To his own ruin the fool gains knowledge, for it cleaves his head and destroys his innate goodness. -- Dhp 72