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Quick question for my fellow Native Americans

 
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09/24/2013 04:42 AM
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Quick question for my fellow Native Americans
Do you ever get bitter when you actually reflect on what became of the culture? I don't mean take up arms and fight to recover it, because it's past that. What the culture was, is forever gone.

Being partial Cherokee, (I was adopted on my dads side, but he is 1/2 Apache as well) it's depressing a bit to see that most of the people have just accepted European ways and integrated seamlessly as a Caucasian. Most people who don't "look" Native American typically don't even identify with the culture. They check the "white/caucasion" box on everything. I know many things changed for the better, blah, blah, blah...just wondering if anyone else hates the fact that the people today who are partial NA's will never know the true culture and lifestyle our ancestors lived outside of "history" books.

Even the reservations have almost become just a tourist attraction as a means to survive.
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09/24/2013 10:20 AM
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Re: Quick question for my fellow Native Americans
my family spent years in court to get state recognition that we were the 'lost georgia cherokee'. we are still working on federal recognition. some have suggested that we are only doing so to be able to open a casino here, which is simply not true. our only interest has been in preserving our heritage.

i am getting married in february of next year, and we are having a traditional cherokee ceremony. i suppose my point is that our culture is only lost if we choose to let it go.

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