Black People : Black Indians

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  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Aho!!!

    This past weekend I attended a powwow. This is nothing new for me since I attend at least one each year and am a dancer at times (gourd dance, southern traditional and smoke). I love the look of the northern traditional dancer - the fierceness and intent of purpose of the warrior. My ancestors were from the southern Plains however.

    At the powwow, one of the elders sprinkled tobacco for the newly elected president, Barack Black Eagle. He asked for the safety and blessings to him and the Black Eagle family. At one time, I spoke about Jim Beckworth, a Black man of mixed parentage (father was obruni and mother was African), who went on to become a highly celebrated chief of the Crow people - the people of the Black Eagle family of Barack. You may recall that Barack was adopted by the Black Eagle family of the Crow Nation in Montana. Let me just say that First Nation people do not take adoption lightly. When one is adopted, that person becomes a full member of the adopting family with all the rights and privileges of a family member. With that adoption comes an obligation though. A member must do what is in the best benefit of the people and be a champion and advocate. It is for the success of the family unit.

    The old Tutelo people of Virginia and North Carolina had an intense ceremony called "Spirit Adoption" which was undertaken with each new Tutelo adoption of "foreigners". The Haudenosaunee or Six Nations lost so many people during the mourning wars that by the end of the wars, through the medium of adoption, there was few people of pure Haudenosaunee blood; the bulk of their population was adoptees of captive people and from fictive kin/martial arrangements. The Haudenosaunee took in many people that they had fought wars against and added them to the covenant chain, including the often Haudenosaunee preyed upon Tutelo.

    Adoption by First Nation people is nothing new. My own family was started by a Kiowa man with Crow heritage that was adopted by the Comanche people in the 1850's. My family for all purposes at that time became Comanche and eventually the blood verified this. The intermingling of the escaped Angolans with the native people of Georgia and Florida that eventually created the Seminole people was begun with adoption.

    How many of us have First Nation heritage and fully recognize it? Those who do I greet you as a brother and fellow Black Indian. Those of us who haven't I ask that you look more deeply into that connection; it's not traitorous to Black people to do so. It may be offensive to not do so, at least from any ancestral standpoint. Recognize that nothing is monolithic and one-dimensional. Reach within and search. Once you have, I can then extend my hand and welcome you to the covenant chain.

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    You already know my situation and position on this!
     
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    Most so-called African Americans(especially Afrocentrics and so-called conscious people) will not acknowledge their Native American heritage, just like most Afrocentrics will not acknowledge West Africa.
     
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    I agree. For years I wrestled with this myself. I questioned "if I was a fake Indian or a wannabe?" My close family connections forced me if you will to accept everything that makes me - well almost everything (there are some things I can not validate like traumatic rape).

    I know Uncle Omo can feel this. He is my resident Black Indian elder at Destee. Unk, where you at?

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    A personal story of Black Indians....

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    Blackbird Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A Black Kiowa woman:
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    Ase, Ase O

    This is awsome.

    Last month some members of My Ile held a night time fire ceremony. We made offerings to our 1st nation Egun and the chief priest and I drummed while we all took turns contacting our 1st nation spirit guide. My spirit guide is Natchez, I can't divulge what power animal they represent on the site lol
     
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    Ase Uncle Sekhemu,

    Thank you for your input. The Natchez were an old and ancient people with a well-defined spiritual tradition. They were punished by the French and their Choctaw for taking in escaped Bambara people from New Orleans. They represented the strength of the old Mississippian cultural horizon with strong connections to the Olmecs and Poverty Point. A very strong spirit nation to have around you. I have a Cahokian spirit guide from the same Mississippian culltural complex.

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    \Bro. Blackbird-
    What do you suggest is the best way to trace back a black indian heritage? I tried to go on a site a couple of years ago that had slave records but came up with nothing. Now I can't remember why I was even looking into the slave records except maybe to find my great-grandmother's married name somewhere in there. My great-great grandmother was full indian and she married a white man. This was in Mississippi.
     
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    Bro Blackbird, would a misa be a good way to find out if you have Indians walking with you?
     
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