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Re: Cherokee Guion Miller
In Response To: Re: Cherokee Guion Miller ()
You have posed an interesting question. However, if you note the word genealogy---you will find your answer. Genealogy is not about putting on a kilt if you learn you have a Scottish ancestor, nor is it running to put on Turquoise jewelry because you have an ancestor who is from the Hopi nation.
Genealogy is the research of family lineage and the DOCUMENTATION, of that family history. There were many persons who are descendants of black slave owners as well as white slave owners. Genealogy is not disassociation form persons who had a direct impact on your family.
Confrontation with the reality of one's history is the beginning of freedom.
If you have a chance to visit the site of the African-NativeAmerican genealogy site, you will see that there is no attempt to paint a romantic Hollywood image of the strong African people who lived in Indian Territory. These people---clearly identified as African ancestored people did live a life that is not widely known, and deserves, as much as any other segment of history, to be told.
When you read the slave narratives, let the words of the Africans talk to you. They are not pretending to be anything other than what their lives defined for them.
In 1938, Sarah Wilson a former slave spoke about her life in the Cherokee nation, which was a painful childhood with few joys, but when she spoke of her life, she spoke with quiet dignity and explained her life to be what it was.
"I was a Cherokee slave and and now I am a Cherokee Freedwoman, and besides that I am a quarter Cherokee my own self. And this is the way it is.
Let us learn from the words of our elders and appreciate what they have gone through for us to have survived.
Blessings to you and your family.
The words of Sarah Wilson can be read at this site: