Afro Native Narratives: People of Multiracial Identity (HD Video).
Video interviews with Mahealani Uchiyama, Shamir Kali Griffin, Linda Cousins-Newton and Grant Perryman who talk about their experiences being multiracial and the complexities of the Afro Native identity. The Questions in this video clip revolves around contemporary issues like how culture differs from DNA and how that affects the blood quantum, and what the future of mixed raced identity is in rapidly changing America. We aim to bring back and continue the discussion of Afro Native Identity to the forefront and bring forward the faces of Black Natives who continue to embrace their traditions.
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Since the time that Christopher Columbus began the slave trade in the Caribbean, enslaved Africans looked towards the indigenous Native tribes of the America’s for refuge. From these unions a singular identity was formed that was distinct from its parents, being both African and Native. These groups were marginalized at higher rates than their parents and have been virtually wiped from historical records and were forced to choose a side or have one chosen for them. Once the slave trade made it’s way to the Americas, that refuge became a necessity for both Native and enslaved Africans. Both races intermingled and married into and adopted each other’s culture.
After time, due to racist lawmaking policies, Afro Natives came to be less acknowledged and accepted and some neglected one side or the other to avoid being singled out. Black Natives who have persevered are proud of their heritage and their traditions. Most continue to embrace their culture and continue to carry on their traditions, and passing them on through generations.
Note: African Native American or Afro Native? People who call themselves “Black Indians” are people living in America of African-American descent, with significant heritage of Native American Indian ancestry, and with strong connections to Indian Country and its Native American Indian culture, social, and historical traditions. Black Indians are also called African Native American people, Black American Indians, Black Native Americans and Afro Native Americans.
Afro Native Narratives is an interactive documentary film project by Macha Rose, Michael Santiago and Adrian Heckstall in partnership with I Love Ancestry. that explore and assist in the preservation of Afro Native Identity through the mediums of portrait photography and video documentary. Credits: Macha Rose – Director/Producer – Michael Santiago – Photographer/Producer – Adrian Heckstall – Producer