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  •  I'm very, very glad they failed. (9+ / 0-)

    I can't remember, I think it's the Chickasaw who wouldn't speak to their children till they spoke their language and not english. The lady said it was harsh at the time, but it helped preserve their language. They still have their 7 fires.

    I'm thinking about doing a diary on being a mixed blood, but maybe I should leave it alone considering everything now, what do you think?

    She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

    by Winter Rabbit on Sat May 31, 2008 at 12:25:28 PM PDT

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    •  It would be interesting, but it is fraught with . (10+ / 0-)

      ...all kinds of issues that are difficult for insiders, much as outsiders, to fully comprehend. When my whole family was still alive, and you put them together at a gathering, the range in skin color when from those of us who can pass white to those whose African blood was impossible to conceal. Yet we were all Seminole.

      Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire. K. Liebknecht

      by Meteor Blades on Sat May 31, 2008 at 12:54:21 PM PDT

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      •  It sure is difficult as you put it. (7+ / 0-)

        I've written one about it and edited it to death. I'm not sure how helpful it would be or wouldn't be.

        It's one of those things I think that if things were different now, it'd be great. But then maybe not. I'm gut level honest in it, but honesty does one or two things. It brings people together or tears them apart. Just because I can doesn't mean I should and vice versa.....but maybe it'd help bring people together or I'm playing a false grandiose role it assumming it might.

        She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

        by Winter Rabbit on Sat May 31, 2008 at 01:15:46 PM PDT

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        •  I too, never knew much about my NA heritage (7+ / 0-)

          Granted, it is only a small part, but a diary on mixed blood sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor, if you can express what you feel in your heart well enough.

          I am not ashamed being of mixed blood, just as many Europeans are not ashamed - do we not say, I am Irish/French/English, as though it were a badge of honor? Why then would we feel any different that we can say, I am part Mohawk, or Cree, or Seminole, or Navajo?

          Why do I feel that way? Because, given the depth of discovery about genetic nowadays, we are finding more and more that we are ALL related, in however many ways, and the purpose of peace is forwarded when more people realize their connection.

          Bill in Portland said something yesterday about how many more people accept gays now than ever before, and it's because as they came out, more people were exposed to them and realized that they are just like them, leading to more coming out, and more exposure... (badly paraphrsed, but you get my point)

          I think the same thing operates here; the more we of mixed blood speak of that mix and our pride in sharing that, of the cultures that were suppressed and of our desire to see them restored - or at least to have the RIGHT to choose, the more those cultures are advanced. Simple precept, but fraught with pitfalls, as MB points out; but if we never make the attempt are we not also responsible in some small way? Is that what you see?

          If anything is ever to be done about the wrongs that have been done to NA people in the name of Christianity, or assimilation, then we must be able to discuss and disclose, openly, fully, and with an eye to setting things right. I am ashamed that people of my shared ancestry, and my shared faith, did this, however well-meaning they were; it is intolerance in it's worst form, that is, disguised as piety. I know what they believe - because I am a man of deep faith myself (although I am no longer religious) - that anyone who does NOT believe what they do, will not attain the kingdom of heaven - but even in the name of God one does not have the right to set aside, ignore, or even obliterate native cultures - and having done so, it is my contention that they are equally required to make things right or their own faith has failed the test of right and wrong.

          No, piety that disrupts culture is only disguised elitism, no matter how "right" or "holy" they make it out to be. And isn't that half the problem with the BIA - that sense of elitism that says they know best, instead of letting the tribes determine their own path by providing them the tools to make it so?

          I, for one, would love to read what you have to say.

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          by CodeTalker on Sat May 31, 2008 at 01:54:59 PM PDT

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