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Old 11-14-2015, 10:12 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Connecting with my Native heritage.

I know that my great grandmother, Chief Leach, was said to be Lumbee. But it always confused me, because through my research, I discovered that the Lumbee were largely from Robeson County (NC). My great grandmother was born and raised in Harnett County. So I couldn't quite connect the dots (which was EXTREMELY important for me...I like to have answers and explanations, and I need to make connections, not just claiming something to claim it).

But I discovered through research that it is actually the Coharie INdians who resided in Harnett County, right in the city of Angier where my great grandmother was, very close to the Black River. The Coharie Indians mingled and intermarried with the Lumbee and Tuscarora Indians of neighboring counties. Consequently, they share heritage with one another.

This discovery means so much to me. It was nice to have my heritage confirmed through DNA (I took a DNA test to confirm it, which my family found laughable but I couldn't resist LOL), but I find so much more value in this research than a percentage based on markers. I feel so connected with both Coharie and Lumbee, just knowing that a living relative (my grandmother) was actually born and raised on the land that they dominated.

I can now see why Natives put more value in family history than DNA tests. It wasn't until now that I felt truly connected. What's the use of a percentage if you cannot connect it and see how it relates to you?

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