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Native heritage

I know this is not tied to language stuff but I would like some input from some people. How do you think I could celebrate my Native heritage (particularly Cherokee) and also identify with it? I can't join a Federally recognized tribe, I maybe descended from Cherokee that lost there citizenship in the Tribe.It has been said that on my Grandpa's side we descend from the "Tennessee Cherokee". I very clearly have Native blood(I could "pass" for Hispanic) and do greatly sympathize with my Native American family. Any body got some input?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I imagine reaching out to enrolled Cherokee people about it would probably be your best bet since they're (many of them anyway I'm sure) know best about what is Cherokee culture, what isn't what's the best way to celebrate it. I have no idea how much they're willing to give you to work with though considering you're not enrolled yourself or have any known ties. I'm sure you'll find someone on the tribe who's willing to help.

I'm kind of in the same boat but my "sioux" side is much, much less definite than yours. All I have is a hairy story about a Lakota/Dakota woman from Canada who met my great great (great?) grandpa in the midwest & supposedly gave her baby to him, though my living relatives on that side think it's a little darker than that.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwjd_Unashamed

How could I do that? Get in contact with somebody that's enrolled.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

I'm sure going to powwows & similar events would be a good start, especially if there are any that are mostly run by or often attended by Cherokee. I would guess that most likely places for that would be Oklahoma & North Carolina since that's where the 3 recognized tribes mostly are, though I'm sure these events & opportunities wouldn't be exclusive to these states either.

Also maybe even just surfing the web will get you to meet the people you're looking for. I have no idea how likely that is but I'm sure there's some sites out there run by actually enrolled Cherokee people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ezkertia
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I recommend DNA testing. You'd be surprised how many people in the US grow up with family folklore about Native American ancestry that is pure fiction. Some people have come under fire for making claims about an indigenous heritage that they could not substantiate (Ward Churchill, Andrea Smith, and Johnny Depp come to mind). A darker complexion is not necessarily evidence of Native ancestry. Get tested and find out for sure.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwjd_Unashamed

I think I will when I can afford it, I'm 17.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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Have you tried to learn the language? It's complicated, but a language is the best way to connect with people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwjd_Unashamed

I think I may try that. just trying to find "free" online resources.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2
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For Cherokee language resources, I can strongly recommend cherokeelessons.com

The guy who runs the site has written a book (linked to on the site) that is partially downloadable, or you can buy the whole thing for not very much. I had some fun with the audio lessons there a couple years ago.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwjd_Unashamed

thank you :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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Is the line of descent such that it could be proven or disproven by a DNA test? If a test result indicated that you did indeed have Cherokee ancestry, is there a way of joining the nation officially? That might open all sorts of doors to you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wwjd_Unashamed

Most likely. But unfortunately no. On the three Federally recognized Tribes you have to prove a lineal descent from someone on that nation's roll. They're Three Federally recognized Cherokee Tribes that exist. And my descent will mostly be of those who got left out Tribal Citizenship because they refused to move.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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That's a shame, and thanks for explaining.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Quizzical

Some of these aren't the greatest websites but here is what I found:

Cherokee Nation

Angel Fire - several lessons here

Cherokee Lessons

Native Languages

Memrise- Four usermade courses

As there are only 15,000 speakers of this language, there are few resources for it, but I think it would be amazing if you could learn this language. It is quite endangered.

2 years ago
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