What I like about this line of discussion is that we have to look back to our traditions, our habits as a people. How did we, do we, deal with change. As for the Haudenosaunee, we have always had a long history of adoption. Naturalization into the Nation or clan, or community. It never had anything to do with blood. Blood is not memory, though there is such a thing as genetic memory. And, that genetic memory understood the importance of cross breeding so as not to incur the kind of inbred social norms that the Monarchies of Europe adopted. Simply refer to Czar Nicholas and his family for the problems inbreeding bring unto a nation. As editor of the Op/Ed pages, I encourage this discussion, and I am very impressed with the comments these discussions brought to the surface, both good and bad. Think as we discuss.
Friday, September 2, 2011 - 01:21