Talk:Native American Research Guide


Nice additions, BobC! [5 September 2009]

Bob, thanks for the additional links you've added. I appreciate your participation on this page. jillaine 10:49, 31 August 2009 (EDT)

Tri-Racial Isolates Move [6 September 2009]

I've moved the Tri-Racial Isolates narrative formerly on this page to the African American Research Guide. The research I've done and the other sources I've read on these groups seems to show a distinct connection to mixed African American origins (more from relationships with early European Americans than with Native Americans). The Wikipedia article on Melungeon Tri-Racial Isolates expresses that the ancestry and identity of Melungeons are highly controversial subjects, and that it is likely these Melungeons were freed slaves and indentured servants of European, West African, and Native Indian ancestry (not just North American Indian, but also Caribbean, Central and South American Indian). Some of these "Atlantic Creoles" (a 17th and 18th century term describing those of mixed race during the height of the Atlantic slave trade, most often offspring of a European father and African mother) were culturally what today might be called "Hispanic" or "Latino." During the 18th and early 19th centuries, census enumerators designated members of these Tri-Racial ethnic groups as "mulatto," "other free," or as "free persons of color." Sometimes they were listed as "white," sometimes as "black" or "negro", but almost never as "Indian." This observation is supported by Wikipedia's entry on African American history, where it shows that 58 percent of African Americans have at least 12.5 percent European ancestry (equivalent of one great-grandparent), whereas only 5 percent of African Americans have at least 12.5 percent Native American ancestry (equivalent to one great-grandparent).--BobC 00:49, 6 September 2009 (EDT)

Thanks for doing this, Bob; makes a lot of sense to me. And I bow to your more extensive research experience in both of these areas. jillaine 09:24, 6 September 2009 (EDT)

First Nations Category ? [7 September 2009]

Hello Bob,

I wanted to bring to your attention that I have added a new Category a while ago. If I remember right it is under "First Nations", ie the Canadian Tribes. I will let you figure out what you would like to do with it. Thanks Debbie Freeman. --DFree 11:50, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

Thanks, Debbie. Couldn't find the category listing you referred to above, but your "First Nations" reference gave me a lead for expanding the coverage of this area and of sources to add to the listing. It's a start, and I learned a few things in the process. And that's always a plus in my book. Please feel free to add more of your own if you have them. --BobC 19:40, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

NARA link - good addition or not? [8 September 2009]

Hello Bob,

The Native American Research Guide is looking great. Thank you for all your hard work. You know more about the computer, etc than I do so I will let you decide if you want to add this NARA link or not. You decide.

Debbie Freeman --DFree 18:09, 7 September 2009 (EDT)

Excellent addition - thanks. As you see I've added it as the place to get started. --BobC 10:25, 8 September 2009 (EDT)

Language group link - your choice [8 September 2009]

Hello Bob,

Here is another link that might be workable. It is your choice. Debbie Freeman --DFree 12:45, 8 September 2009 (EDT)

Thanks once again for the excellent reference. What a wealth of information for the serious researcher. Even the link to Native American hairstyles was interesting and educational. (My wife is a hairstylist. I thought I'd make copies of the photos and sneak them into her style book.) --BobC 14:26, 8 September 2009 (EDT)