Originally Posted by Justthatgirl
Why is there such exclusion? Ok, so PART NA. SO SORRY.
Attitudes of exclusion (like this) make it very hard for me to search for my roots and find my way. It's really rude. I'm not looking to appropriate a culture that is not mine. I am looking to discover a culture that my ancestors belonged to, to see what made them tick, how they lived. I want to feel closer to my roots. I can't do that if other NA's insist upon making sure I know that I'm only PART NA.
Not every Native has this attitude. It's generally the attitude of the last 2 generations or so, though. Elders and Medicine People will generally ask you, if you tell them that you're "part" Native, "Which part? Your foot? Where do you stop being Native and start being something else?"
There is a reason why most treaties were worded in such a manner as to include "all descendants until the sun no longer rises"- though that has been largely forgotten and/or ignored by governments, causing Natives to have to claw and fight and scream to have their rights recognized at all. Tribes which once adopted Europeans into their fold fully as brothers of the People have been told that they can only have people with a certain "blood quantum" in the US and will not receive funding for anyone else they recognize- but all tribal members qualify for any funding available to the Tribe. The genocide of the Native people continues under the watchful eye of governments which set it into motion so long ago, perpetuated by the very People being annihilated- as was the plan, according to the Canadian Prime Minister John A. MacDonald.
There is no other culture in the world which requires you to have a certain amount of <whatever culture> blood in order to be recognized or to look a certain way- except *perhaps* for Africans, I'm pretty sure that lighter skinned people of African descent also face this same issue- in order to participate in cultural functions with full support.
I have done a LOT of research into the genocide of the Native Americans and it's something that speaks to me VERY strongly- which is part of the reason why I was chosen as one of the People to carry the stories, although I was also told I was intended to carry the stories to others who, like us, have been inundated by the white culture and are losing our way. Unfortunately, I don't feel I know the stories well enough to tell them properly and there is no way for me to presently return to my Tribal Elders for further training/learning- although they keep telling me that I need to listen to my dreams and I will learn what I need.