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Re: Is Pearson a Cherokee surname
In Response To: Is Pearson a Cherokee surname ()
Hi..In addition to all of the comments, pls don't get stuck on the full blood...1/2 blood...1/4 blook.....1/32 blood....1/64 blood....etc..etc....I've got to admit, as a historian/genealogist, this has always fascinated me....Native people have been mixing w/ Blacks since the very beginning of Jamestown....I would also go as far back as to say around 1492 =/- when the Spaniards traveled around with Africans...landing here and moving some Native tribes/people to other places, like Spain and the Caribbeans...You must remember that the Spaniards made slaves of these Indians as did the earlier settlers....You can probably say that Indians were the first slaves!....Be it as it may, you must also keep in mind that having a card did not/and does not make one AN INDIAN! Many Native people did not sign up for cards...did not relocate...they did not live on a reservation.......and all the other things that people believe MAKES ONE AN INDIAN...based on fears of the government. Additionally, historically, Indians did not have this "Color thing" going as we see in later history and today. Our forefathers (ancestors) did not run away from a colored/black person...Heck, they both swing from a tree! It wasn't until the influence of whites..especially when they realized that it was more mixed-Native people (Native people in general) than it was of them that they jumped in to cause confusion and separation and reinforced/rewarded for this behavior....Many Native people did not buy into this......but, many did! And Cornsilk is right...as the Cherokee people, in general, embraced the White man's ways....which is probably why we ended up on the Trail of Tears..(another story)....It was the White man's ways that interferred with the Keetoowah...and today, the Cherokees are still operating in the White man's ways..just check out the recent issue with the Cherokee Freedmen......Again, I am speaking in general w/ a history knowledge base....
Know your history......no one can ever take that away from you...Smile