The Human Genome Diversity Project's initial promotional publications ignored ethnohistory and placed it in a framework that centered on ostensibly isolated and unmixed peoples. It failed to engage the people themselves, talking about them, but not to them; hoping to work on them, not with them. It seemed to be aiming to reconstruct an imaginary pre-Columbian humanity, not to study the human gene pool of the 21st century[ 1 Cavalli-Sforza L.L. et al. Call for a worldwide survey of human genetic diversity: A vanishing opportunity for the Human Genome Project. Genomics. 1991; 11: 490-491 Crossref PubMed Scopus (135) Google Scholar ].

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