Tribute To Our Ancestors

TRIBUTE TO OUR ANCESTORS

Black Indian Women
Your native blood is African
Where proud and beautiful Nubians
created Great civilizations

Black Indian Women
your native blood is of this land
Proud and beautiful original people
of many great Nations

There are those who would tell you
to choose one over the other
but that you cannot do
be proud of the blend
because both are you

Black Indian Women
The ancient ones know who you are
They know the Great Spirit has blessed you
as Children of the stars

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Black Indian, White Indian

BLACK INDIAN,WHITE INDIAN by Lone Wof(Ray Brooks)

Black Indian, White Indian
Sharing a common bond
Sharing an ancestry to which
They both belong

Once separated by skin color
Now one family
Brought together by the red man
to live in harmony

Black Indian,White Indian
Your foreign forefathers
did once collide
Now you both find yourselves
on the same side

Has your hatred disappeared?
Or are you just wearing a shell?
Are you really Indian?
Only time will tell

Will this brotherhoodlast?
Or will it again erode?
Will you walk a crooked path?
Or will you stay on the red road?

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Black Indian

BLACK INDIAN by Lone Wolf(Ray Brooks)

Black Indian, You have a special and unique history.
You were born of the black and the red.
Both of your ancestors suffered the same atrocities and bloodshed.

Black Indian, Both of your peoples spirit
live in the heart of the drum.
They know that the earth,animals and they themselves,are not
separate,but one.

Black Indian, When I see you
my spirits are lifted high.
I know you come from Warriors
from the Great Spirit in the sky.

Black Indian, When I look at you
It's my ancestors that I see
It's like looking in the mirrow
For the Black Indian I see is me.

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Thanks without the Giving

It is always a great idea to be thankful for what God has given you and this is the true meaning of giving thanks. But, it is the giving that is at times hard to swallow. For it is the holiday of Thanksgiving that reminds Native Americans of how their hospitality and willingness to give was taken for weakness and was later met with disrespect and contempt.  

After helping the Pilgrims to literally survive by providing them with food and “know-how” to raise crops, the Indians were given in return disease and disgrace. It is odd how the oppressed become the oppressor. The oppressed Pilgrims came to the United States –New World for relief from oppression and an opportunity to prosper. It was this goal that made the oppressed Pilgrims became the oppressors of the Indians.  

So, with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday one must reflect on “Thanks” without the “Giving” or only giving thanks to God, the only one that deserves it. 

Article by Cherokee Cloud

Written for November 12, 2006

Sugarcane

Sugarcane use draws upon thoughts of not only how it was used as a sweetener, but how it was used to enslave both African Americans and Native Americans to harvest it. To plow, plant, and harvest sugarcane was hard work. It is for this reason that African Americans and Native Americans were enslaved to provide the labor.  

Sugar cane is one of the less recognized cash crops of slavery. Most people focus on cotton as the major slave crop.  But sugarcane indeed played a part in making slave holders wealthy. It was in Louisiana that cultivation of sugarcane began.  

Today, sugar comes from many sources, sugarcane, beets, and chemical composition sweeteners. But, let’s not forget who the initial sugar harvesters were and how wealth was gained from African American and Native American slave labor.  

Article by CherokeeCloud 

Written November 6, 2006

New Mexico Native Americans

When I mention characteristics I am referring to physical characteristics. The facial features of the Pueblo and Navaho reminded me of African Americans with the exception of some skin coloring differences. It was a reminder to me of the amalgamation of physical appearances that occur in every ethnicity group.  

The Pueblo and Navaho in New Mexico have had interfaces with the Spanish and thus demonstrate some of the Spanish culture to include dress, music, and artistry. The Spanish actually named the Pueblo based on what appeared to be their sedentary lifestyles and living arrangements in stone or adobe group living quarters. The Navaho were less sedentary. They comprise the largest United States Native American tribe in population and land ownership. The Navaho name means, “people with big fields”.  

Both the Pueblo and Navaho reside in New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. If opportunity presents itself visit these states. But for full immersion of the Pueblo and Navaho culture visit New Mexico. 

Article by CherokeeCloud

Written: October 23, 2006

Indians of the Caribbean

The name Taino means “men of good. The Taino are a subgroup of the Arawakan Indians. Christopher Columbus expressed and observed their beauty and amiable living as his voyage seeking the New World led him to the Caribbean Islands. As he observed the Taino populations and planed to colonize them their ethnicity shifted to be now interwoven with European and African influences and peoples.   

Their original language Arawak and was communicated through the Caribbean and South America. The United States Government insists that the Taino, or Arawak speaking people are extinct, but it is thought that most likely they are simply categorized as Latinas or Spanish speaking people.   

A visit to the Caribbean certainly gives one an idea of the beautiful islands, sun, ocean, climate, and lush greenery with some mountainous ranges that the Taino enjoyed and likewise drew in the other influences that eventually led to their colonization and exploitation in many instances. We today can reflect on their goodness and join in with them as part of our Black Red Roots culture.  

Article by CherokeeCloud 

Written October 14, 2006

Native South American Indians

Who are these aboriginals? They are the original peoples that lived in predominantly the Amazon basin. These indigenous people are mainly the Inca, Mayan and Aztec Natives of South America, and parts of Mexico. They were heavily assimilated by the Spanish and Portuguese that today make up the majority of the population. This assimilation was in the form of colonization and as in North America was not initiated but imposed.  

The Inca, Mayan and Aztec communities were developed and described as consisting as empires. This demonstrates the sophistication of their leadership, communities, technologies, and domiciles. Today there are many artifacts and building ruins that testify to their legacy of highly developed lifestyles. 

Article by CherokeeCloud

Written October 13, 2006

Columbus Day Rediscovered…

John Mohawk of the Seneca in 1992 had the following quote, "Christopher Columbus is a symbol, not of a man, but of imperialism…. Imperialism and colonialism are not something that happened decades ago or generations ago, but they are still happening now with the exploitation of people. … The kind of thing that took place long ago in which people were dispossessed from their land and forced out of subsistence economies and into market economies — those processes are still happening today."   

What is imperialism? It is the practice of one country extending its control over the territory, political system, or economic life of another country. This practice results in a relationship of political, and/or economic, and/or cultural domination and subordination between geographical areas and peoples.  

So, the celebration of Christopher Columbus in 1492 reaching the Americas does not bring celebration to many but calls into question another way of viewing the event and a new reflection and rediscovery of why freedom and economic development for some means enslavement and poverty for others. 

Article by CherokeeCloud

Written October 9, 2006

You Decide…

It is difficult to explain to people that it is important to acknowledge your full self, even when there is no apparent benefit. No casinos to be claimed and no special allotments for diversity. When you think about in the early1800s, people of African Ancestry comprised from an estimated 20% – 33% of the United States population because it was so lucrative to own and breed slaves. Now, in the 21st century, the census of 2004 indicated the population of African Americans was 13.4%.   

Likewise, in the early 1700s and before, Native Americans comprised an estimated 90% of the United States population because Native Americans were its original people, its indigenous population. Now in the 21st century, in the 2004 census Native Americans comprised 1.5% of the United States population.   

When those statistics are reflected upon it becomes apparent why a response of “Whatever… You Decide… and Do Your Thing… Be Who You Want to Be”, is an apathy that cannot be afforded.  

Article by CherokeeCloud 

Written October 2, 2006