About the “possibility” of Cherokee in your bloodline: if your family hails from the Southern US…
Mimi Herrmann

Thanks for commenting! I’m familiar with the Elizabeth Warren example and agree that whether intentional or not, she was wrong and as far as I know, still hasn’t acknowledged this.

From what I gathered, I’ve actually got no ancestry past the Ohio River, but they weren’t in high New England either. There was New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as Ohio, but I was only reliably able to go back about 5 generations so it’s hard to say. As you added, it’d be minute if anything.

In the same vein, I want to learn more from Native Americans about their culture (if I’m even using the appropriate term) in a way that’s respectful and not appropriating. So many complications can stem just from that — is it because I see their culture as something I want to own? Or just as a fad to be picked up and let go when I’ve gotten some magic level of knowledge? I’d like to think not, but it’s important to consider motive before doing anything.

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