any Native American mamas here?

mamanopajamas's picture

was wondering if there are any of you mamas with any NA heritage? my maternal grandparents are Tigua (Isleta, El Paso, Texas) and my paternal grandfather was Yaqui. oh yeah, then there's my paternal grandmother 100% fullblooded born in Germany German!

anyway, just curious...

always looking for other NA writers

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mamanopajamas's picture

what is your background? how much of it is part of your life or influences it?

 "Do not speak--unless it improves on silence." ~ buddhist saying (wow - my email on file was so old - it was from the old hipmama email!)

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Submitted by lapina on

Read about the Nanticoke here.

We didn't know when we were growing up that this was where one of the family branches originated. A couple of generations had to pass on before it was okay to talk about it. G-grandma was from an old east coast family and g-grandpa was from a tri-racial tribe. We think they got married because she got pregnant. They worked their way across the US and settled in California. I have contemplated writing a book about them and the Nanticoke tribe...well someday.
I am proud to be a descendant of such a colorful history.

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Submitted by mamaneen on

my father's mother is half onondaga, and my mother's mother was roughly half blackfoot and cherokee. {the rest is german & russian jew and irish/welsh/english.} paternal grandmother completely rejected her heritage, left reservation and passed into whiteness. maternal grandmother embraced her heritage, but was a couple of generations from tribal life herself.
i do write, and i even occasionally think of myself as a writer. my experience of race, though, is more about being mixed and less about being of native or jewish or irish descent.
in any case, it's good to hear from a mama making time to write!

"if i pass for other than what i am/do you feel safer?" ~lani ka'ahumanu

"if i pass for other than what i am, do you feel safer?" ~ lani ka'ahumanu

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buttermilk biscuit's picture

My great grandmother was Choctaw, my paternal grandmother 1/4 Cherokee and another great grandmother part Blackfoot.

Otherwise I'm of German, Norwegian, Welsh, Irish and Scots descent.

mamanopajamas's picture

he's got my three NA grandparents, 1 German gma, his daddy-o's mom's family was from Norway (by only like 1 generation) and his dad was Scots/Irish. peole are always asking me "what" he is, they think he's Hawaiian...he's along curly haired surfer baby boy

 "Do not speak--unless it improves on silence." ~ buddhist saying (wow - my email on file was so old - it was from the old hipmama email!)

mamanopajamas's picture

i find that is becoming more & more common. I am very "white" looking, and due to that nearly undiluted Germanic (most likely Jewish, too) input my two middle children are blonde, blondy blonde and the yungest daughter has green eyes. my mother who was NA looked Oriental, with straight long BLACK hair.

along with "lookig" like something other than what we are genetically, i find more people are just so far from their cultural roots & hving a feel for their heritage.

growing up a lot in my grandparent's home there was lots of stuff just picked up about our tribal stuff, my grandfather who was born & raised onhis res didn't speak lots abouthigs, but there were stories. and i listened & as a writer from a long age i incorported this into my way of thinking & somethings i write. i did reserch as an adult and found lots of things i "believe" are part of my culture, but i was never taught them.

i'm going off on tangets and such, anyway, thanks for replying.

ps i hve wanted to comnet on your quote & i guees it's been nudging me on while i digress here :)

 "Do not speak--unless it improves on silence." ~ buddhist saying (wow - my email on file was so old - it was from the old hipmama email!)

mamanopajamas's picture

is Lost Bird Anishinabe? do you feel culturally connecte dto tht part of your roots?

 "Do not speak--unless it improves on silence." ~ buddhist saying (wow - my email on file was so old - it was from the old hipmama email!)

mamanopajamas's picture

please let me know if you ever do write anything. but from your words i guess you have no feelings of a cultural identity stemming from the Nanticoke?

 "Do not speak--unless it improves on silence." ~ buddhist saying (wow - my email on file was so old - it was from the old hipmama email!)

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