View Single Post
Old 01-16-2007, 03:41 AM   #6
Blackbear
Honey Connoissuer
 
Blackbear's Avatar
 
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Blackbear has a reputation beyond repute
Blackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond reputeBlackbear has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Alaska
Posts: 9,817
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
I know alot of you are gonna look at me cross eyed for saying this, but.... does this person have the right to identify as he wishes? WHY does he have to choose his native side? If he did'nt grow up being raised with the culture and does'nt "feel it in his heart", then why can't he?

Seriously, at least he is'nt saying, oh hey, I should go register cause then I can legally have indian feathers and maybe get some money and free college out of this. You certainly don't want to turn him into an "instant indian" where he starts annoying people because then he suddenly has read a few books and "knows more than his relatives on the reservation know". I mean, how many times have we heard that line? Or get so gung ho that he starts "acting indian" because suddenly one day he's decided he's proud of it... right?

Lord knows he'll get called wannabe and whatever else anyhow for not looking indian, and if he was'nt raised in it then he's not going to culturally be one, so why "convince" him to be one?

One day he might take more interest in it all by himself without anyone's pushing or "feeling sorry for him". So let him be who he wants to be. He descends from both and has every right to live one way or another if he so chooses.
__________________
Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing, sing a song.
Blackbear is offline   Reply With Quote Share with Facebook