Yes:::there has been an extensive cross ethnic procreation also: who can ask in both the America's, she or he is a full blood? And even the whites have to think about this question twice. So this is our reality now as indigenous people!
To be a Native Indian is not so much a proof of the right skin, birth place or characteristics etc., but I think of having some reawaken DNA traces and your personal CHOICE which DNA trace you want to give priority in your Life. If you want to remember your Arawak or Taino or even African or Celtic history in your DNA history and feel alive in your Spirit by the choice you make, then that is what you are...as long as this Feeling is connected with the Spirit of the Land that you are part of in that moment.
We are moving towards 2012 and that means we are transforming from materialistic to spiritual people.
In Spirit we are all connected to each other and to mother Earth.. so where we ARE with the Land in certain moments will connect us to certain DNA histories in our cells and we can choose to live some of this Remembering for a certain time... Native Indian and Chinese have some same DNA histories...Dutch, German and Celtic DNA histories in Arawak Taino blood...more possibilities, more choices...also those of our past Life histories...wow!....what an open space of possibilities and choices...
So being indigenous helps us to step out of the administrational and cultural boundaries we are forced to live as a society and as a spiritual Being we have all the Freedom of choices we want to have..to be...whatever we want...to live..whenever we choose...to be.
But the fun is to Remember:interpret, interchange, interweave, revive, renew all the indigenous traces of histories we choose to live as authentic parts of our Spirit Self.
So why think in boxes?
hm im mockd,ALOT,for being brown and looking black but being puerto rican.i personally know very little about any of my ancestry but i know history.
and for me being indigenous means knowing you are part of a people that has been wronged,and continue to be wronged.
to me being indigenous means wanting to learn about that missing part of you.it means figting to keep alive that which everyone wants to kill.it means fending off racism and eliteism just like the elders befor you or i.it means being native to a land that people will often visit and like our elders,meet these ppl with hospitality-NOT with hostility less thats how they meet you or your land.
it means learning from one another what you will.
Thank you for your comment Xieticinex
It is not the word or title that makes anyone anything, the action and practice. The title does not make the person the person makes the title. Every human at one time came from indigenous back round. Living in harmony with the natural world, making use of the gifts yaya has given, the healing medicines, the songs, dance and spreading love among our relatives and all people.
Yea we can take it further and add the dance, fast and sacrifice in several methods, all people regardless of skin color can do this and do it well.
Some mention DNA, well, what about our soul and spirit this also has content regardless of DNA - Blood, Thats a small part of anything, if you get a blood transfusion are you now the content of that blood? No!
Its in the practice, How much indigenous are you? Matters how much you get involved and what your practice is.
are you a chief?
Greetings Xochi...if this question is directed to me, no I am not a chief and I wonder what would move you to ask me such a question. Did i say something that would suggest that I consider myself a chief?
Jan Jan, tiao.
An excellent point, I tell my students that cultural competence rests on where the client lies. It's not the imposition of the dominant culture or one's values,rather the person who espouses theirs.
Having over 70% Native genetics.
Greetings Xochi....I see that you are responding to very old discussions, many of which have actually been abandoned by those who were originally carrying them out. I am glad to see that you are interested in participating. I invite you to search for more recent discussions and give your opinions.