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African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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My cousin, Cash Blue, (83 at the time I interviewed him) confirmed, more or less, a story told to him when he was young by my great grandfather Joseph Addison that his (Joseph's) mother was a Blackfoot Indian. My father's first cousin Alice told me that her aunt Priscilla, had told her that Joe Addison arrived in Virginia, after coming from Canada, through Oklahoma in a covered wagon and that Joe's mom was an Indian. He had eight brothers. I met a descendant of Joe's brother, John, who lives in Texas. He said that his grandfather had told him that they were told that they were Blackfoot when I asked about "the Indian." I'm looking for documentation and am curious about my admixutre since I look like a "rez chick." My father is of African and Euopean heritage. He does not acknowledge the Native American element. But I want to embrace all of my heritage. My mother is of English, Irish, French and Guyanese heritage. I have already found documentation on my mother's grandfather in Guyana. His birthdate is August 29, 1880.

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