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PRIDE TRIBES/RACISM

Reading the article on FAKE TRIBES.and people seeking to bond with their native pasts.
I 'd liked to discuss the other side of the coin.
It's true that many "Fake Tribes" I like to call them Pride tribes have sprung up all over.

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.
It would be in one's interest and respect to their heritage to research the regalia custom tradition and language of their ancestors to honor their heritage in the right way.

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.
When these items are sold at crafts tables at a powwow .The only concern by the natives(and some cases non-natives) selling them is the profit that they bring.They are not concern with what tribe you are from or if you are Indian as long as you buy them. After all. that is business.

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
seems just that talk1

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"
She stated that a American Indian mother with a half-black child is ostrcized Just because they look different and that she can understand why they are not accepted.

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.
Unfortunatly Racism is a reality of life everywhere.and all the romanticizing of pretty words white black or Indian isn't going to change it. Nor is the denial of one's heritage going to make them Full Blood.
I could go on and on about this subject when people say they are Indian and clearly have European or African ancestry.but maybe I'll discuss that another time.

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!"
"So why you all giving me the third degree?" about Cherokee Princesses and my oral history.
I'm only telling you what was told to me!"

Maybe my blood quantum is only an ounce
I know I am Indian! that's all that counts!

Copyright-Lone Wolf-1998-All Rights reserved

[18 Aug 1999]

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