Reading some of your posts makes me wonder if I'm reading posts left by my brother...Lol which is who you remind me of.
Growing up in california and seattle, I was always called names like half breed. My mother always called me indian but when I'd ask her why (the only indians I knew of were on TV chasing people on horseback)she would say my father is indian.....I would ask him. He was trying to be anything but Indian. Even went so far as to get a perm one day to make a fro.....blending in with the 70's, he speaks fluent spanish after trying to blend in with the puerto-ricans in the 80's.
My father told me every race but his own till just a few years ago when his sister, my aunt was dying. I asked her again, after all of these years of denial she finally told me, in my fathers presents (so there was no more denying from him after this), their mother is 7/8 Choctaw born in Oklahoma and their father is lakota/blackfeet. They told me that it was easier to be any other race than it was to be indian in 'Their day'. Now my father proudly hangs a huge picture of himself that was taken in his youth in regalia in his shop. he still wont tell anyone it's him, the only time they knew was when I came up for a visit.
So you see my dear Thompson, I know all about what you are talking about,going through,searching for. It's hard not knowing who you are when you have some telling you and the others denying it. Puts us in the state we are in today, hence the message boards and forums.
I have always wanted to know what they would not tell me, they could not tell me cause they were all so far removed from it. So I decided to do something about it, which so far has not been an easy task. I'm working on a project that will hopefully one day bring indiginous nations together. And on this land you will be able to come for a few days, weeks, month....to learn the old ways, live the old ways and hopefully be able to incorperate the old in with the new. but in order to know what is fully needed I need input to find out what people would want and what they would expect in a place like this, What do you want to know??? what would you want to learn. You aren't going to be tanning in a New york flat but you may learn how. Never know, you may need this knowlege one day. Some people that live in the country still do.
I need feed back! can you give me that?
Earthway TLC - Lets get back to Tradition - Combining the old with the new.