RE: Dr. Russell's words, "If blood made you Indian, I could solve my problem understanding Cherokee verbs with a blood transfusion rather than having to ask for help. All culture is learned, not inherited." TRUE on all counts! According to “Osceola’s Legacy,” Univ. Alabama Press, Osceola was 1/8 Creek. The rest of him was Irish, English, Scottish, and Black. No Native fought harder or is more venerated in Florida. My g-g-g grandfather was born in 1797 not so far from Tallassee, AL (where Osceola was born, 1804) and was left in a basket on the doorstep of the Moseley (variant spellings) family, missionaries to the Creeks. My mother’s Pike County, AL, family lives by Creek traditions, especially being matrilocal and matriarchal. On my father’s side (from Campbell County, KY), I’m 5th-gen Garfield County, Oklahoma-born and grew up in Florida being told that we have Native blood. One of my Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation co-workers is ¼ Creek from Pike County, AL, but he can’t prove it because his grandma had no birth certif. Here in St. Petersburg is an Iroquois college professor who relates that when he was a child, his uncle told him to close his eyes, look into his soul, and decide: Is he white, or is he Indian? Indian, of course. We have plenty of Dick Wilsons, who can prove blood. What do you want? More Wilsons? Or more of us who maybe can’t prove blood but have the People’s interests at heart, like Osceola? Stop with the blood quantum, that’s a White-man (esta-hadkee) thing. Tecumseh tried to unite the Eastern tribes, and they wouldn’t do it, and we lost the country. We are in perilous times like no others, with Mother Earth herself at stake. We MUST unite NOW!!!!
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 21:45