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From: Guest9/7/99 8:35 PM 
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 58.1 
Hi all,

Well I went to my first pow wow and it was amazing. I did not expect the experience to be so emotional. Even though I have yet to find the paper to prove my heritage, I felt it at the pow wow looking into the faces of others who look like me. My mom was surprised as well because she didn't realize the strength and the numbers of Black Indians.

I cannot put into words all of the feelings that over came me as I watched the Seminole tribe from the Hollywood rez march to the platform. The feeling of home and comfort as I ate my first piece of frybread filled with wild rice.

I may not have the paper to prove it yet, but I felt that I for the second time in my life was truly among my people.

Shelby

 
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From: IvySpring9/8/99 1:33 AM 
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 58.2 in reply to 58.1 
My dear sister Shelby,
I'm glad you had a wonderful experience at your first powwow. I well remember a few years back when I started going to native gatherings. It was an awesome, no mesmerizing experience. I felt so at home and so a part of the native family. For me, it has certainly been "the call of the drums." But, as I went to gatherings, I also began to open my eyes to the social problems many native peoples have had historically as well as today.
I took special note that native peoples, though in many respects are oppressed, they have managed to hold onto their ceremonials--a testament to their survival and existence. I realized that this aspect of native culture was at least an indication that our native ancestors did well in preserving the culture for the generations to come. The powwows certainly are'nt the only and most perfect means of learning about native cultures, but, it is a good start. I wish you well as you continue to search your native background. IvySpring

P.S Although I also don't have any papers or cards to acertain my native heritage,(nor have I ever tried to obtain any) I will still continue to honor those elders of my past of whom I owe my native ancestry--this despite the fact that there are many painful historical details as well.

 

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