"White" Native Americans? - Page 5
Yeah, my Gran was contacted by a cousin through the band. Her aunt and uncle (3 and 1 yo) were "apprehended" as children (her grandparents hid her mom) and adopted out. Somehow her aunt managed to remember the basic sound of her original last name and that she had an older sister named Sarah.
I felt a little surge of happiness to hear that, from someone who actually looks the part (and lives it), that I, too, am NA.
He talks about the medicine man sometimes and I WISH I could pick his brain for longer! (As it is, we're there over an hour each time!)
Anyone else out there?
I have blond hair, blue/green eyes, pale skin... but I'm Native, raised with the traditions of the Anishinabe.
I think there are some issues that people "like me" face which aren't faced by others- fighting to participate in our own culture, not immediately being associated with our own families and "people", having to *prove* we are what we are.
I'm sure I'm not the only one. Where are the Natives hiding in plain sight?
It boils down to this- what makes something someone culture? I have an Irish ancestor back a ways, but that doesn't make me Irish. I wasn't raised in the culture.
I'm totally resurrecting this thread from four years ago. LOL
Sooooo, I do have an "Indian Princess" ancestor from the early 1600s. Curiosity drives me to find out everything I can about her, the tribe (Montauk), the culture, etc. I'm also interested in other parts of the family tree--the Dutch colonists, later the English who settled in Appalachia, my ggggrandfather was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains! I located a photo of him with his long beard and quaint hat. All fascinating.
I had a bad childhood and had to cut contact with my parents for my own mental health and my children's safety. I felt very rootless and scared for a long time, but I realized that I didn't just come from my parents. I had grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on, from whom I also came. Studying genealogy filled the void for a sense of my roots, and even though I know I'm only pretending, because these people are long gone, I could imagine that they would care about me and value me for carrying on with life. And I have found some really great family stories.
I also found that my ancestral tribe has been declared to no longer exist in the eyes of the US government. Colonialism at it's worst. However, there are fairly full-blooded survivors who are self-organized and periodically petition the government for recognition. They continue to be denied, and at first I was aghast at this atrocity, and I still am somewhat, but then I realized that being a descendent of an unrecognized tribe is deeply appealing to my rebel spirit.
I just sent in my application to join the tribe, as I was told they do accept descendents in perpetuity. I would not feel comfortable claiming NA as a race, but I am very curious to know as much as I can about the tribal culture--historically and what remains of it today. So much has been lost, I feel a burden to gather up what I can. But I don't want to be seen as a white woman 'playing' Indian, so I wouldn't go dance at a Pow-wow or anything like that.
Wow, this has been a very interesting thread to read. My family has a lot of native heritage, Cherokee on my mother's side..unknown on my father's as they refuse to talk about it though my relatives all look native...except that my dad and a couple of his sibs have blue eyes from their Scottish mother.
My aunt married a Columbian Indian, I was thirteen before I knew that he was somehow "different" than us, since they referred to us as white, even with their dark hair, skin, and eyes, while my uncle had dark hair, skin, and eyes...so we were the same right? wait? no? he's Hispanic and we're white? It was quite confusing for me as a child.
I am the palest person in my family, allergic to sun practically in a family who hardly ever ever burns. bahhh
My youngest brother's father is mostly Sioux. So Cherokee on his mom's side, Sioux on his dad's. he's at least 3/4 native all told. He has bright light blue eyes, darker skin, and very straight light brown almost blonde hair. Most people do not guess that he's not white unless he tells them.
I live and grew up in an area with almost no tribal presence so sadly I know little about that aspect of my heritage. One day I will probably start researching my geneology so I can find out what my paternal grandfather was hiding...though we believe he was not white and passing, so to speak
My children's paternal grandmother was adopted so we sadly know nothing of her heritage. I love genealogy and find it all very interesting. I try to pass on all the heritage I can to my children
yes I have had people ask me over the years if I had native american in me, I didn't think so not until my early 20's I started hearing we had some on my fathers side
but when my Grandmother passed away we found out her father was full blooded NA but we don't know anything about his history because he left my grandmother when she was very young
My grandmother was a dark golden color of skin with blue eyes .. she was always sensitive about her skin color I never knew why......her bad experience with her real father and love of
her step father I guess is what caused her not to talk about it. Now that I know we have these roots I wished I knew more about native americans, I did get a book once on
my fathers side that had to do with a NA princess they said came through The trail of tears and then was made to work for white families and that she is the ancestor of my fathers side
I don't think I look native american, I would like to learn how to find out once and for all. I've had so much different things told to me I don't know what to believe, They say we
have Cherokee on my fathers side, and I don't know if I'm spelling it right but Kataba or Katawba? I know if I do have NA in my blood I guess it would be a small amount don't know how it works
but it is part of who I am, and I would like to learn and grow as a person......