Black Indians are constantly confronted with the fact that they do not fit any of society’s stereotypes for Native Americans. Those stereotypes are imposed by both whites and sadly, other Indians. This lack of understanding of another nation’s history has interwoven ignorance thus extinguishing fact. Nevertheless, despite their own distortions and mutations of the past, it is interesting to note how the right to remember or forget are not going unnoticed. 'I Love Ancestry' brings to light this hidden history by weaving a cultural and ethnic tapestry of personal biographies intersected with historical watershed events (i.e. slavery, blood-mixing, cultural blending), producing historically-conscious discourse about race, racism, and who is a “real” Indian. Employing discredited biological over cultural definitions of who is an Indian and who is not is an assault on our self-determination as Black Indians. We too have endured 450 years of forced assimilation making our walk one of plurality. It is time to tell our stories.
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