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Old 09-16-2017, 11:32 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by LizBrokenArrow View Post
I don't understand why my family would throw me off like this. I just don't get it. I don't understand all the secrecy. Did they not think I would find out one way or another?
I can give you a couple of reasons why this kind of thing happens in family stories. You're probably not going to like them. Understand I'm NOT saying these things happened in your particular case.

1) The original storyteller extrapolates from their understanding or experience to fill in missing details. So, they "know" Indians lived on reservations and their great-grandma was an Indian. A miracle then occurs. Quod erat faciendum, great-grandma lived on a reservation!

Oddly, this reservation was in whatever state in which great-grandma passed away. Whether or not there is a reservation there. I've had more than my share of arguments with folks who had claimed a Shawnee, Cherokee, Mohegan, Cheyenne, etc great-grandmother whose tombstone was in OH, PA, WV or some other state with no reservations. In the face of data to the contrary, they insist she lived on a reservation in OH, PA, WV, etc.

2) The original storyteller engaged in wish fulfillment and created the Native in the family tree. They told their friends, their children, anyone who'd listen about their Indian roots. Their child then told their children about their Indian ancestor. Now these children are looking for their ancestors. There is no way their mom and nana could have lied to them! So, they search for a non-exisitant Indian.

3). People misinterpret Indian census rolls. Folks got enrolled, disenrolled, turned down.... People are mistaken about names.

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