First off I would like to address husbandofmoonlight. I have a degree in anthropology, I've also studied forensics. I have been told that Native American DNA is human, and that there is no single group of humans on the entire face of the planet that can difinitively be called a separate race. Given the bones of a native american forensics can only say that a person is "Mongoloid" not chinese or native american. There are few select traits distinct to Native people, some of them are visible others are the plates in our skulls. This DNA evidence, please send me a message with details and links to articles. I'm pretty curious, afterall the data you are looking at might be more cutting edge than the information we are currently reading in journals there is a 10 year or so lag on information. When it came to the matrilinial DNA collection, I absolutely refused because it was based on matrilinial DNA. My mother is a white Northern European woman, but she was adopted by a grandfather and had children in native men. Ahnii Sasuweh, You are very correct in not only the DNA being what makes a person an "Indian" or "Native American." But there are those like myself who grew up without our father's to teach us our ways, and we have a painful story to tell. My guess is children like me suffer the same or similar pain as those taken from their tribes and tossed into boarding school. I honestly believe that there is a high possibility that there is something to our DNA. If DNA has something to do with the personality and humor of a person, because I'm spot on for having the same personality as my newly found relatives. I found out my tribe at the age of 28, I hail from the Potawatomi Citizen Nation of Oklahoma. It is always good to see a fellow fire member. Sweetmystique, Thank you for all you said I've been making similar comments. I am a big fan of Johnny Depp and I find this argument annoying and intruiging at the same time. I didn't know it could be as much as 1/4, that just adds more fuel to my fires! As a native person trained in athropology I can see and do find Johnny Depp to be a Native American man for many reasons. The way he carries himself, his facial expressions and way of conveying humor, the many things he speaks about during interviews have a native thinking pattern behind them (and his ability to find the meaning of a face divided into 4 separate parts is completely Indian, we're all big fans of that number in Indian County!). To me, "That guy ain't white."
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 05:49