DNA Tribes Testing Company

DNA Tribes
DNA Tribes

DNA Tribes

DNA Tribes Testing Company

If you are Native American and are trying to get more detailed information about your tribal ancestry, you may be considering testing at DNA Tribes testing company. They list several tribes that they have data about. The following article from http://www.isogg.org/wiki/DNA_Tribes gives basic information about this company.

DNA Tribes is a personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Arlington, Virginia, USA, that allows individuals to have their genetic ancestry analyzed based on autosomal STR genetic markers developed by the FBI for individual identification in a forensic context. Autosomal DNA is inherited from both maternal and paternal ancestors. The methodology is a cheek swab kit which is delivered to the customer’s home and then sealed and returned for analysis. Results are delivered to the customer via e-mail. The analysis identifies a person’s best genetic fits among actual world populations.

The company was founded in 2006 by Lucas Martin and Eduardes Valaitis. Lucas Martin passed away on 28 September 2014 at the age of 34.

Autosomal STR tests
The DNA Tribes tests look at autosomal short tandem repeat STR genetic markers. Autosomal STRs were developed by the FBI for individual identification. Using this system, each person’s DNA profile serves as a genetic fingerprint for that individual, with typically less than one in a trillion chance of sharing an identical profile with anyone in the world. Because each autosomal STR profile is so unique to each person, these genetic markers are also the industry standard for court-admissible paternity and maternity testing. DNA Tribes use this highly unique autosomal STR genetic profile to measure a person’s genetic connections to populations and major regions around the world. These are the same genetic markers developed and used by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States.

DNA Tribes’ proprietary analysis has been developed by Dr. Eduardas Valaitis, whose background includes extensive work in multivariate analysis and classification, which involves identifying mathematical structure present within large and complex datasets. The company performs an analysis of world populations to identify genetic structure.

As of July 2013 DNA Tribes offer tests at two different levels: 22 and 26 markers. Previously tests were offered at three different levels: 15, 21 and 27 markers.

Sample populations
Currently, DNA Tribes has 920 sample populations in its autosomal STR database collected by researchers from 305,000 individuals, including 673 populations classified as indigenous populations, and 195 populations classified as Diaspora populations, including multiple Jewish populations from Israel and the world Jewish Diaspora.

World regions
DNA Tribes’ world region analysis is based on the subdivision of ten inhabited major world regions including: European, Near Eastern, Native North American, Sub-Saharan African, Central Asian, South Asian, East Asian, Native Central American, Native South American, and Pacific. These regions are divided into 36 world sub-regions.

Autosomal SNP analysis
DNA Tribes do not sell any autosomal SNP tests but they do offer an autosomal SNP analysis service. A geographical “deep ancestry” analysis can be performed using the raw data from any one of the companies that offers a SNP microarray test. The reports provide admixture percentages, multi-dimensional scaling (MDA) plots and a genotype comparison with over 280 populations in the company’s SNP database.


The DNA Tribes website lists their testing database of tribes and how many samples they have in each tribe. For example, here is the list of tribes under the heading of Native American.

Native American populations:

Ache (Guayaki) (South Paraguay) (50)
American Indian (Colombia) (7)
Amuzco (Oaxaca, Mexico) (30)
Anishinaabeg (Chippewa/Ojibwe) (Ontario, Canada) (125)
Anishinaabeg (Chippewa/Ojibwe) (Ontario, Canada) (128)
Apache (Dine) (Southwestern U.S.) (198)
Athabaskan (Alaska) (101)
Awa-Guaja (Brazil) (34)
Aymara and Mestizo (La Paz, Bolivia) (200)
Ayoreo (South Bolivia and North Paraguay) (48)
Bari (Sierra de Perija, Venezuela) (25)
Bri Bri (Costa Rica) (86)
Caingang (South Brazil) (50)
Campeche Mayan (Campeche, Mexico) (48)
Caritiana (Brazil) (10)
Chinanteco (Oaxaca, Mexico) (40)
Ch’ol (Mayan) (Northeast Chiapas, Mexico) (109)
Chontal (Oaxaca, Mexico) (29)
Coastal Salish (British Columbia, Canada) (93)
Coastal Salish (British Columbia, Canada) (103)
Cora (Nayarit, Mexico) (85)
Cree (Kenistenoag) (Saskatchewan, Canada) (79)
Cree (Kenistenoag) (Saskatchewan, Canada) (104)
Desano (Colombia) (28)
Dogrib (Northwest Territories, Canada) (98)
Embera (Colombia) (31)
Gaviao (Brazil) (29)
Greenland (194)
Greenland (505)
Greenland (Aasiaat) (26)
Greenland (Ammassalik) (76)
Greenland (Ilulissat) (54)
Greenland (Maniitsoq) (51)
Greenland (Nanortalik) (25)
Greenland (Narsaq) (18)
Greenland (Nuuk) (56)
Greenland (Paamiut) (17)
Greenland (Qaqortoq) (27)
Greenland (Qasigiannguit) (18)
Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq) (10)
Greenland (Sisimiut) (81)
Greenland (Upernavik) (18)
Greenland (Uummannaq) (17)
Guarani (Central Brazil) (50)
Guarani (Misiones, Argentina) (121)
Guarijio (Sonora, Mexico) (17)
Hna Hnu (Otomi) (Hidalgo, Mexico) (100)
Huaorani (Ecuador) (37)
Huastec (Hidalgo, Mexico) (135)
Huastec (Nahualt) (La Huasteco, Mexico) (89)
Huichol (Durango, Mexico) (57)
Huichol (Jalisco, Mexico) (117)
Huichol (Nayarit, Mexico) (65)
Huave (Oaxaca, Mexico) (29)
Inuit (Inupiat) (Alaska) (109)
Kakchikel Mayan (Guatemala) (59)
K’iche Mayan (Guatemala) (27)
Mapuche (Rio Negro, Argentina) (50)
Maya (Mexico) (20)
Maya (Merida, Yucatan, Mexico) (90)
Mayo (Sonora, Mexico) (45)
Mazateco (Oaxaca, Mexico) (31)
Mexicanero (Durango, Mexico) (84)
Mixe (Oaxaca, Mexico) (30)
Mixteco (Oaxaca, Mexico) (30)
Mocovi (Northern Argentina) (50)
Navajo (Dineh) (Southwestern U.S.) (182)
Ngobe (Panama) (46)
Nukak (Colombia) (29)
Otomi (Ixmiquilpan Valley, Mexico) (84)
Otomi (La Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico) (91)
Parakana (Brazil) (24)
Pehuenche (Chile) (76)
Pilaga (Formosa, Argentina) (25)
Pima (Mexico) (13)
Puna (Andean Region, Northwest Argentina) (100)
Puinave (Colombia) (77)
Purepecha (Tarascan) (Angahuan, Mexico) (103)
Purepecha (Tarascan) (Puacuaro, Mexico) (62)
Purepecha (Tarascan) (Zipiajo, Mexico) (168)
Quechua (Ecuador) (115)
Seri (Sonora, Mexico) (28)
Sioux and Chippewa (Minnesota, U.S.A.) (200)
Sioux and Chippewa (Minnesota, U.S.A.) (100)
Sioux and Chippewa (Minnesota, U.S.A.) (203)
Surui (Brazil) (24)
Surui (Brazil) (5)
Tarahumara (Chihuahua, Mexico) (204)
Tepehua (Hidalgo, Mexico) (57)
Tepehuano (Durango, Mexico) (123)
Terena (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) (117)
Tiriyo (Brazil) (41)
Toba (Chaco, Argentina) (26)
Toba (Formosa, Argentina) (23)
Triqui (Mixteca, Oaxaca, Mexico) (108)
Triqui (Oaxaca, Mexico) (37)
Urubu-Kaapor (Brazil) (68)
Waiapi (Brazil) (23)
Wai Wai (Brazil) (29)
Wichi (Chaco, Argentina) (25)
Wichi (Formosa, Argentina) (29)
Wichi (Salta, Argentina) (50)
Wounan (Panama) (46)
Xavante (Brazil) (34)
Yucatan Mayan (Yucatan, Mexico) (121)
Yuco (Northern Colombia) (25)
Yupik (Alaska) (100)
Zapoteco del Istmo (Oaxaca, Mexico) (30)
Zapoteco del Valle (Oaxaca, Mexico) (40)
Zoe (Brazil) (42)
Zoque (Oaxaca, Mexico) (35)
Zoro (Brazil) (30)

DNA Tribes testing cost $119.00 and looks at 26 markers. Currently most DNA genealogists are not recommending this service to help find your family. If you are desperate to find any information to possibly narrow down a tribe or if you want to help build this database to help others in the future, then go ahead and try it. Use the contact form or leave a comment to let us know your experience with this company.

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