Hello all. New here.
I'm distant Creek/Blackfoot, both by 3 and 4 generations respectively, and it was something the family just accepted and moved about so I don't have official documentation and only family stories and photographs. It was the South and a lot was going on in those days.
But I'm begining to believe in a genetic memory as I get older (long story) b/c in every phase of life I get a reminder of my NA roots, sometimes completely out of the blue. And for that I am grateful.
My partner is Cherokee on his mother's side and still communicates directly w/ that side of his family and spent time growing up on the rez, and I appreciate being able to give that to our baby (I'm 13 wks PG).
We also are African American, Portuguese, Irish and German to add to the pot, so I guess we'll be checking "Other" or "All of the Above" on the census for now.
It can be difficult to express all of this heritage in one little family, but we focus mostly on AA and NA and sort of just mention the rest in passing, although he's developed an interest in his father's side of the family (Portuguese). So we'll see what comes of it.
I just wanted to send out a big hello b/c I feel a loss of culture for myself and I guess I am still literally looking for my tribe. And don't want my baby to experience that identity crunch, though it's probably going to be inevitable, huh? So much has been lost, but there is also much to be learned and passed on. That is what I hope for my little one.
Sending love and light to you all!