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Re: Indian?
In Response To: Re: Indian? ()

Tsonga,
Interesting post. You know what, you're making me much more curious now about taking the admixture test. Honestly, I've been so fascinated about uncovering my African ethnicities that the admixture test has not been an overwhelming interest. Sure, like all who study their family tree, we're curious, but I haven't reached the level of curiosity to make me take the test....yet. I know that several of my many ancestors were of Native American descent...oh and yeah, European ancestry got forced in the mix too, but who knows what else might pop up! And if something like Spanish pops up, then it's going to make me wonder, "How did that get there!"

But it'll have to wait...just saved up enough and ordered another African Ancestry DNA test kit for a third cousin who carries the mtDNA of one of my ancestors and who happily agreed to submit her DNA samples. So, waiting on those results have gotten me antsy!

I recently read the "Indian teeth" thread, and recalled how a 2nd cousin was told by her dentist that she has "Indian teeth". She believes it comes from our great-great-grandma Louisa Bobo, who has very strong Indian features, but my 101-year-old cousin is adamant that her father was white, and he even knew the man's name! It never fails...every time someone sees her picture, I always get asked, "Was she Indian?" The NA features are so obvious, but oh well...I guess I'll never really know the truth.

You know..I too have ancestors who seemed to have been proud to identify themselves as Black, although they could have easily passed, I was told. Understandably so, since the mother of my father's paternal grandfather was "mulatto" and the man who impregnated her six times was of full European descent. My great-grandfather and two of his sisters married three siblings. I was told that they chose to marry the Ealy siblings because they were "dark as night", and they probably wanted to "darken" the future generations, which is interesting....many during that time frame strongly desired to keep things "light and d-mn near white" if they could. So, their actions may speak volumes about them....even though some of their children ended up being very color-struck folk!! That's another issue...

Anyway...this conversation is an attest to how "mixed" African-Americans are genetically. I wonder if these admixtures may have something to do with certain medical conditions that strikes the African-American community harder?? Anyway...despite the complexities of our family trees, here's one guy who loves the fact that he's predominantly of African descent! Yes!

Mel
Sorry for rambling.. :)


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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