At this moment folks are celebrating the 4th of July. I'm not. Hip, hip, hooray! for a country that's been trying to get rid of us for over 200 years? Not me. Don't get me wrong. I love this land - it's the government I can't stand. People asked me who I voted for this passed election, I said "No one." because no matter who gets in there the real people will get screwed anyway.
I've been lurking around here for a while now and finally decided to join. It just amazes me now many people are lost in their own skin. They're looking for a culture to cling to since they personally have none to fall back on. How many folks out there, if they found out they had a drop of African American blood, would go shouting it out to the world like they do when they think they've got NDN blood? Then they claim Cherokee blood to top it all off.
I don't mind folks interested in our culture but sad to say - most use it for their own greedy benefit. They claim to be medicine people, storytellers and chiefs. Ha! I've lived this life that these folks search for and I've met all kinds of folks across this land. Most are fine people but then there are those who say they are medicine people - WRONG! In order to be a medicine person you HAVE TO BE fluent in the language. Others say they are storytellers. WRONG! They are performers. In order to be a storyteller you have to get the position from an elder of your family. Then there are the chiefs - Ha! what a crock they are. As it's been said over and over here, there are only three chiefs and none other. Of course I'm pertaining to the Cherokee people and culture.
Anyway, if you're searching for truth in your heritage - begin with what you are mostly and then work from there.
Oh, and don't be giving yourselves these stupid names like "spirit of the wolf" or "morning crystal" or whatever. There's only one person that can give you your real name. But I ain't saying who that is cause then everybody will be saying "Yeah! That's who named me."
Bottom line: Good luck on your quest in finding yourself - just don't push it when it comes to NDN heritage (no matter what tribe you claim).