For years, I've assumed I was 1/32nd Native American. I've seen a picture of my great-great-grandmother, who's clearly part Native American. The story was always that she was half. That would make my great-grandfather a quarter, my grandmother 1/8th, my mom 1/16th and me 1/32nd. Except that when I look at 23andme results, there's no indication of that in my ancestry composition. Native American comes in at 0.0%. Is there a chance my results could be off?
I inherited a beaded necklace I would like to wear, but first let me run it by you: is it racist? [more inside]
I like to learn about different places and cultures by reading fiction set in those places and with characters from those cultures. Can you recommend to me a contemporary novel about American Indians? I'm particularly interested in books about Native American communities in the continental US. [more inside]
My family and I have a chance to name a minor new road in Rutland County, Vermont. We would like to honor it with a Native American place name that is appropriate to the region. Can you help us find such a name? [more inside]
Is there a way to stage Peter Pan that is respectful to Native Americans? [more inside]
I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
Since the Turquoise Door in Austin, Texas is closing on December 31st, 2012, where does a person go in order to find jewelry of that sort? [more inside]
Does anyone have any recommendations for books/websites/other resources about Thunderbirds? And I don't mean the car or the email client. I'm looking for anything at all about both the various Native American mythological traditions (Southwestern American in particular) or the cryptozoological urban legends about the things. My Amazon and web searches have, well, mostly gotten me cars, email clients, and turquoise jewelry.
Identity crisis filter: ethnicity edition. Did you grow up one ethnicity, and choose another later in life? Do you identify with one ethnicity over another, even though both are in your lineage? Did you deny your ethnicity throughout life, then later claim it? I need some help working through my ethnicity self-identification, also in the ways of culture appropriation. [more inside]
How complete are DNA tests at determining ethnic / racial background? [more inside]
I'm a reference librarian trying to help a patron find some information. The father of her children claimed to be Native American, but she is no longer in contact with him. She does have his first and last name and social security number, but no other information. She would like to find out whether he was telling the truth and what tribe he was part of, and share that information with her kids. I've told her that her best bet is to check the tribal rolls in the area that he lived, but she hasn't had any luck there. Any other suggestions?
Book suggestions: Anarchism among Native Americans [more inside]
I inherited a bunch of Native American jewelry (several hundred pieces in total) several years ago. I'm thinking about selling some of it, but I'm not sure of the value. Do I need to find a specialist to appraise it? Can you recommend one near St. Louis? [more inside]
I'm looking for an NPR segment or show that aired in the last year or so. In this story, the issues of diabetes and obesity on Native American reservations were discussed. [more inside]
What is the best way to store and transport a Native American Double Trailer Warbonnet (like this one)? [more inside]
Help me not bungle up some esoteric part of this dreamcatcher crafting project! [more inside]
Is this children's song offensive and should I stop singing it at our playgroup? [more inside]
How can I track down the reservation my father was born on and adopted out of? [more inside]
Can Native American tribal governments impose the death penalty, and has this ever happened? For some reason my Google-fu is failing me.
I'm wanting to learn more about the Navajo Nation. Any recommendations for good resources? [more inside]
While traveling in Italy, I happened to notice Native American tattoos on more than one youngish Italian man. Was this just a coincidence, or is there a preoccupation or admiration of Native American culture among Italians? [more inside]
I'm trying to reconcile the significance of red cloth to the natives in Eirik the Red's Saga. Can anyone point me in the right direction? [more inside]
Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
How do I advertise my open job positions within the Native American community? [more inside]
Looking for advice on some good books about Native American Indians. [more inside]
Need High-Res image of one particular Dawes Roll page. I have a low-res image, but I can't read some of the words. Longish story within. [more inside]
SongFilter: Have you heard an Indian/Native American version of the Sesame Street song? Know where to find a copy? [more inside]
I'd like to visit a Native American Reservation. [more inside]
I need to design / lay out an ad targeting Native Americans, specifically those considering an MBA. Please help me not offend anyone. [more inside]