hidden identies & untalked about things
I grew up knowing that my dad was Natvie American and that was why I was brown. My mom was very white red hair with frekles. I always thought it came from my grandmother who was the one who was very brown and olive complection. I started asking more and more question as I grew up. My grandma passed away when I was 16 so there are so many things I wish I could of asked her that I didn’t. Eventually after proding someone said it is not grandma that has the indian it is grandpa.I was like what are you talking about? I eventually got role numbers and so family history. Iramntie Cathie Wilkenson was wyiot and mattole and she was orphaned in some of the massacres that happened in Humboldt county calif. She was adopted by a white family then went back to the tribe. She married a white man. Wilkenson. The questions relly came in about what was my other grandmother Fame Thornbury then. Some kinda indian was the answer but this put my mind back to a story I always hear this was that my part indian gr grandma asked the same question when she met her and when she didn’t no she said she is no indian she is a half ni**** okie. Well this got me to thinking she kinda meant this. My grandma was way darker then my granpa’s side which were documented indian but now mixed. There have been diferent hints from people in the family that maybe she had some black, but nobody will really say and I am not sure if they really know. There are alot of pople with curly hair. There are some in the generations that are way browner then that little bit of indian should make them. These are qustions I have had for a long time. My grandma was from Pike County Kentucky and Paw Paw W Virginia and there were both salves and indians as well as a mulatto commuity. I have linked my grandfathers first name Colley(thornbury) to one of the mixed familes in Pike county. The Colley’s. So this seems like a poss link. But can’t seem to get any farther. That is my story and where I am at with it. I know a lot of black people that think they may have some indian but I am one of the one indian mixed people that think they have some black. Wish I could prove it. Even if it would make some family mad. There is a whole history in Huboldt county of indians trying to assimulate to stay where they were from and so not talking about who you were was self preservation. This cycle needs to be broken in my family. I am trying.