I was born in the Appalachian mountains... the Cumberland Gap to be exact..."Land of the Blue Mist" home to the Cherokee people... many from this area are descendants of the Cherokee people or the Scots-Irish...and some of us both, and then some.
My kinfolk are some colorful people... from variable shades of skin to attitudes,beliefs and obvious cultural deposits, so to speak.
I personally acquired the high cheekbones,almond shaped eyes..and stick straight dark hair. My color varies with seasons..at the peak of summer a lovely copper-brown shade with creamy undertones.
I have gray eyes.. that sometimes look blue or green, their shades vary as well.
It wasn't till I was in middle school..that became aware of our ancestral background.. no one ever discussed.. it was never a matter of importance. I asked my mom..and she had no clue.. Grandma told us both...it was never discussed because her Father was a half-breed..and back then it was shame.
How sad is that.. that culture is washed out because other people find it a shame!
The Cherokee claimed some land in southeastern Kentucky and traces of culture of Cherokee type are said to be found in archeological remains along the upper course of the Cumberland, but no permanent Cherokee settlement is known to have existed in historic times within this State. (See Tennessee.)