My name is Linda Dumas Wade, for years my grandfather and the rest of his family said we had cherokee blood. In 1993 I began to research because of spiritual enlightment, and cancer. I did a lot of searching, and found up to my grandfather's grandparents. I believe my grandfather; because of the things I was feeling. I did experience some dead ends. To compensate for my dead ends, I created an art form for my family to be handed down, so our future generations can have something to relate to. It is called Mustee Folk Art. Mustee is a term used by a black historian. I call it African/Indian Art.
By 2004, I found out my grandfather parents were malatto. I was also, told by an aunt, that my slave ancesters had more Indian blood than my grandfather's side. To include all my family; my art had to change, to the RED/BLACK/WHITE. Still, I call myself Mustee. I also name my homeschool "Mustee Technical and Mechnical Home School". I homeschool seven grandchildren and four other family members. Even though my story has dead ends, I hope, my story to my grandkids will not be lost. I continue to create Art relating to my ancestor's memories and I keep up the family tree for my family, so our generations and the future generations family history is documented. I struggle to get my grandchildren to accept our family lineage; because family history has become unimportant to them. Spiritually, I feel that a number of my ancesters were African Indian, thats why I couldn't just accept it as just my grandfather's blood nor, can I just drop my feelings about the blood that I believe runs through my body.