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Reading the article on FAKE TRIBES.and people seeking to bond with their native pasts.
No doubt there are charlatans all over seeking to capitalize on others no matter what their ethinicity. I think that many Indian pride tribes start out with good intention of celebrating their heritage and some through Ignorance or bad Intentions go the other way.
I would prefer to see them call themselves Associations or organization But people have their own views on this.
As for people asking to "bond" with their native ancestors and wearing Indian jewlery that has nothing to do with their tribe. You have to look ath the whole picture.
having said that one must realize that much of a tribes regalia even customs as welllas dances has been borrowed from other Nations.Even Indian have borrowed much from the western world and incorporated them in their lifestyles much without given a choice and some by choice.
As for a person of Cherokee ancestry wearing a choker from the Cheyenne nation.
I saw a person buy a choker and put it on and some other Indians snickered calling him a wannabe.This is really hypercritical!
Also many African Americans trying to bond with their African ancestry and who know evenless about that then thier indan ancestry also buy African jewlery Clothing and take African names that they don't even know is theirs.They are not saying they are mandingo or swalihi but just trying to bond with thier heritage. Sometimes too big a fuss can be made about something..Don't you think?
As for RACISM IN INDIAN COUNTRY I don not know when or if ever that problem will be resolved.Since their is such a mixture the problem of racism seems magnified more that the Black & White problemmSicne you have Black White Red and Asian assimilations of Nations.
And talk of the Four Colors The Four Directions
I heard a Gentleman from the Navajo Nation talk about the Navajo common law. and respecting people of other nations because navajo law says they are related to you. and that you must treat everyone equally But On the Natve tech board. a Navajo lady was just glorifying herself on the subject of "REAL INDIANS" saying' I can usually tell a Real Indian from one that is mixed they just look different somehow." then she went on to say. I have brown eyes brown hair and brown skin and look very Indian I should have the word NAVAJO tattoed on my forehead"
When I told her the BLACK HAIR is the Indian physical characteristic she changed up and said that her hair looks black but has brown roots"
I asked her how she could talk like that because Radimilla Cody who is Navajo and featured and honoered by the Dine people in a pagent was of African American descent .She then decided to avoid answering that by saying she knew her and could outdo her in shearing sheep.
But I would like to close with a poem on the subject of racism and Indian pride.
"RACISM IN THE NATIONS"
Racism in the Nations
is running wild and free
people saying "I ain't you
and you ain't me!"
Trying to outdo each other
wearing their hair down to their knees
Looking stoic and standing taller
then the redwood trees
measuring blood by the quantum
to prove their Indian descent
Government got everyone claiming
their hundred percent
Those that are mixed
with no paper history
got some people saying
they're just Wannnabee's
Indian pride tribes are springing
up in city after city
Just to keep their history
and pass it along to their kiddies
Saying "I know I am Indian!
It's in my family tree!"
Maybe my blood quantum is only an ounce
Copyright-Lone Wolf-1998-All Rights reserved
[18 Aug 1999]
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