Osiyo! I too had a dentist tell me about my teeth. He asked if I knew I had Indian blood. Of course, I knew! My great grandmother was Cherokee as were several others in the family. Most on my dads side. My great aunt said we had Indian blood on my mothers side too but would never tell me any details. It was like an embarrassment to her. I embrace my heritage and am teaching myself the language.
Recently after some extractions, my dentist said, "You've got Indian in you and I can prove it." He explained "double-roots," molar construction and other characteristics of Native American teeth---yes, it was a strange visit---but it was kind of nice to find out things like that. Kind of makes me proud that being Native American reaches down to the bone!!!
That's fantastic! My grandmother won't talk about that part of the family anymore. It's embarrassing sometimes to be at Indian community events and not be enrolled or know much about my family. I understand why some people are more private and closed off but I hate the whole "not Indian enough" politics. I just keep doing my thing and supporting the community where I can.
I may be like Bob Hope - if I got a nosebleed I'd be out of the tribe. But I am proud of my Cherokee blood and have taught my children what I know of our family history. A granddaughter was here today, asking me to help with a family history presentation for college, so I was able to share with her, too.
SHARON aka JAQUANAH
Orange Park, Florida
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