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    RonV, Winter Rabbit, BYw, Amaryliss

    I always enjoy your work.  Another side of that coin is 'hiding' your heritage so your children will not experience the discrimination you have endured. My father died when I was 15 and took his secret with him.  Two years later I was engaged to a wealthy German boy, his father hired a private investigator to check out the ole family closet, he found an Apache, my engagement was ended, and my mother dropped dead from the shock of it (no kidding!).

    For all I knew I was White with a funny color tan and allergic to all things dairy.  The family story as Grandma told it we were descendants of Cochise.  But no names.  I badgered my father's sister years and years later when I found out what the investigator had discovered, she said yes you are Apache. None of us kids were supposed to find out. My cousin explains that all our bad behavior was blamed on the 'Apache in them' her dad was proud of his Apache heritage.  I think a great great many 'white American's' are mixed blood it pops up.  My son is two nations, Chiricahua Apache and Chicasaw, his birth certificate says Caucasian he's also Irish, English, French, German, Scot, Welsh, Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish.  My grandson has my tan, my bone structure and his grandfather's blue eyes.  And he will know his ancestors were First Peoples and we belong to the land, this land North America.

    We have returned from the ashes.

    by Morgana on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 10:30:18 PM PDT

    •  important stories (0+ / 0-)

      If you get the chance to hear Tim Tingle tell stories, you may recognize as I did the gifts he has accepted from his elders (Choctaw).

      The picture book called Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle is also remarkable.

      My recent reading of
      Cry, Geronimo  and The first hundred years of Nino Cochise inspired further regard for Apache people.

      Thankd you Morgana for writing.

      "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." [Ray Bradbury]

      by RosyFinch on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 08:38:50 PM PDT

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