You seem to have a thing for natives that are non-white. There are Germanic, Anglo, Scandinavian, etc natives all over Europe but you just group them all as white man". You refer to them as "white man", which is like me calling you a "red man". Some of their relatives traded slaves and overran other native nations. That is a human condition. Natives sold natives as slaves and prisonsers of war in Africa and the Americas. I love your blog, and enjoy learning about the heritage. But your opinons seem a bit biased.
You do realize this is a Native American Heritage blog, right?
I love it. I have a cousin who is married to an African-American man. And they’re honestly one of the cutest couples, so I can’t wait for little African-Native 2nd cousins. But then, I can only speak for myself on this topic.
But that being said, I’ve gone into the history of African-American-Natives (that’s how I’ll address them) on my tumblr a bit before. Please see the following link by clicking here.
When the American government began to thrive, laws were drafted to protect the ‘land’ and property of the colonists. Those laws strengthened the power of slave owners and limited the rights of free Africans and barred most Indian rights altogether. And because of that, today, Native Americans and African-Americans still feel the aftershocks from those laws.
So I feel that there is a tie between the Native American and African American communities. Especially because in the early days, there were some Native communities that actually helped and harbored African slaves who had escaped.
Also see this video featuring Radmilla Cody, a African-American-Native, and a winner of Miss Navajo Nation.
What are your thoughts on, for instance, the uncontacted peoples in Brazil, who are experiencing right now the things that happened on this continent years ago?
I think it’s sad, and unfortunate that people can’t just allow other people or cultures to keep their form of life the way it traditionally is, and has been for hundreds of years. But I also feel like they benefit somewhat because people today are [hopefully] more aware of how breaking up a culture can affect that culture and its people, so hopefully they will enact more carefully, and fairly on the people of Brazil than they did with my ancestors.
its annoying how you cant answer you just say see FAQ, its like you dont want to interact, its like in a rudely manner.
I don’t really care. I get asked that question so many times. So if it’s that important, you can either check out the FAQ or move on. My inbox is constantly full, and I have other questions that I haven’t been asked over and over that I’d like to address and focus my attention to. I’m not trying to be rude; I’m just busy.
Your thoughts on the native people of Hawaii and them being recognized as Americans?
I feel that the history of the Hawaiian people is similar to that of my people, the Indigenous of North America. But I also feel that their culture is more prominent in their state, because it is somewhat separate from the rest of the country and the state is divided up into islands which are not that big, which helps keep their culture more tied together and united throughout the state. And because Hawaii didn’t officially become a state until 1959.
Also, I feel the need to point out that until the 1890’s Hawaii was an independent sovereign state known as the Kingdom of Hawaii, up until the overthrow. So I feel their true culture lasted a bit longer than that of those who are Indigenous to North America.
I just recently found your blog, I am very impressed! its grate, I was reading through some(most) of your pages, moved by the pictures by the way....
I was wondering if you could give some websites that sell authentic native american items. Thank you
These are just a few, there are tons of websites out there that sell authentic Indigenous jewelry, you just have to look around.
Tips For Shopping For Native Jewelry Online:
Look for a disclaimer in the item description. It may say something like - All of our jewelry is made in the Phillippines (or Taiwan, China, etc.)-. These are the easy ones, because the seller is being honest, though you may have to read the fine print to find out.
Look for imitation items mixed in with genuine Native American pieces. Some sellers dilute their item listings (and increase their profits) by selling some genuine Native American made jewelry and even more fake/imitation Native American jewelry. You can identify the fakes because usually there won’t be a COA (certificate of authenticity) offered on them.
Look for a .925 stamp on new items. Native American silversmiths usually stamp their Sterling Silver jewelry with a stamp that says - Sterling. If it is stamped .925, it is less likely to be Native American because the traditional stamps say Sterling. Finding pieces stamped .925 is often a tipoff that it came from outside the US, or is not Native American made. Older, genuine vintage Native American jewelry will often have no hallmark or stamp of any kind.
Look for imitation turquoise and the word - block - when used to describe the turquoise, coral or other gems. . Carefully read listing descriptions. The reference to block or man-made turquoise, coral and other gemstones, means the stones are imitation. Most Native American artists use genuine turquoise and coral, etc. So-called Zuni inlay pieces, actually from the Phillippines and made of block/imitation stone, like the ones shown in the pictures above, are abundant on ebay.
Look for fakes/imitations being sold with Old or Dead Pawn tickets. An Old Pawn or Dead Pawn ticket is no guarantee of authenticity. Many Asian-made imitations are sold this way. Again, these pieces usually do not come with COA - Certificates of Authenticity.
Read the seller’s feedback comments. Over time, buyers will let you know exactly what the seller is offering on ebay.
Communicate with the seller, ask them about the country of origin of the jewelry they’re selling.
“If you take [a copy of] the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible IS the wind.”—Statement by an anonymous Native American woman