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Old 04-08-2012, 07:03 PM
Location: Oroville, California
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My parents are from Oklahoma and there's never any talk of what kind of European background we are. Its always about what small percentage of Cherokee we have in our family. If there is any mention of the European background everyone just says "Irish", which we really aren't. We're of typical Southern white background with is English and Scots-Irish, not the Catholic Irish-American of the Northern states so typically associated with the term Irish.

I have an older sister who's house is littered with Native American knick-knacks and pictures and has always worn her hair very long and parted in the middle. I humor her now, but when we were younger I would point out to her that we kids are maybe 3/16 Cherokee. It just seems so silly to cling to a culture or heritage that you were not raised in and have no ties to. I don't want to be one of the blue-eyed, fair-skinned people with light brown hair saying "I'm Cherokee!". Just seems a little pathetic. I remember saying that to a kid in high school who was Miwok (California tribe) and he shrugged and said "All white people say they're Cherokee".
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:15 PM
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I think it's pretty much just in the Northeast and Midwest where people know or care much about their ancestry. I think that's because most of our ancestors just haven't been here that many generations. We don't have to go back too many generations to know where our people came from. Compare that to the South, which has historically, until about the mid-20th century, been Protestants from the British Isles (whites) and Africa (blacks) going way back to the 18th century.
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