Date: 2014-09-27 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Let me tell you a thing: it's not as dead as the mainstream culture wants everyone to believe.

My mother's family has Cherokee ancestors. It's a little bit of family history. Doesn't show much unless you know exactly where to look. But. There are little bits of Cherokee culture woven into family tradition. Using fish to fertilize the garden, telling stories -- I am still occasionally turning up things and thinking, "Oh wow, so that's where that came from."

We're not descended from the ones who were dragged away, but from the ones who hid and assimilated. The Cherokee were among the most successful at that. The ones who hid are forgotten, unacknowledged, and that was the plan all along. It worked. They lived. And they passed down pieces of their culture in places that nobody would think to look for.

As for a European way of thinking, well ... one my black friends said it best: I can pass for white, until I open my mouth.
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