Exploring your Native American Heritage
A couple of weeks ago, I happened to attend Church on the Papago Reservation and was so impressed with the people. It made me realize that when you live on a reservation, your heritage is much easier to unravel because all of the records are right there. Elders who were there, spoke of knowing the grandparents of several people and even their great grandparents. It was such a loving experience. I felt the heavens open up through their eyes and absorbed the pride that the parents who had gone before had in their earthbound children who were carrying on great traditions. It was a tremendously Spiritual experience for me.
I have been trying to trace my heritage back for years. I had a picture of my Great Great Grandfather, Joseph Lyons who with his wife Mary walked the trail of tears. However, one of my children took it for show and tell without telling me and lost it at school. That was a tragedy.
I have family folklore about mother walking downtown in Banty, Oklahoma, near Durant and people asking her if she were an injun'. "You didn't dare say yes because it would open a can of whoop ***", she said. That was in 1928 when she was 4 and my grandfather, the Grandson of Joseph and Mary,( we didn't know last names) lost his battle with life from inhaling mustard gas from a faulty World War 1 gas mask. It literally made his intestines disintegrate over time. That was the second tragedy
|Walter Riley Collins 1918|
|Walter Riley and Dora Collins with their baby|
born in 1920
The third is that when I first started researching the Collins - we didn't know Caroline's maiden or married name was Lyons. But found it on My Great Grandparent's marriage license, so that was a break. But we found that after 20 years because it was .
Did you know that Cherokees migrated here from the North Western tip of Africa and the Iberian Peninsula - which at one time were joined together like a puzzle -
Here is an excerpt from The American Indian, Descendent of the Lost Tribes?
"Last month’s column sketched the “basis” for the belief that the American Indian is descended from the Ten Lost Tribes. One of the foremost proponents of this theory was the Indian trader James Adair (c.1709-1783). In 1775 he wrote The History of the Indians,[i]arguably the most significant eighteenth-century work on the southeastern Indians, in which he presented 23 arguments that “proved” the North American aborigines were descended from the Ten Lost Tribes. These are:
and from this site:
There are theories about the Cherokee Tribe originating in Israel and migrating to the Iberian Peninsula. When we did my DNA, it said I was only 1% Native American, yet my family just happens to have populated America early in the 1600-1700 time frame in the North Carolina/South Carolina area which is typical of the Cherokee Nation