posted on July 13, 2014
My family has been carrying around a vase and 2 arrowheads for several generations now. It is all we have left of our heritage. My great grandmother was full blood Indian but I’ve been told the blood was of Cherokee Choctaw mix. My grandmother said that her mother escaped the roll. My grandmother was very afraid that white people would discover she was Indian. She was asked all the time what tribe she was from, but she would deny it, even though there was absolutely no mistaking it. My mother said our family was in OK. Grandma passed away many years ago. After she passed we discovered her scrapbooks full of newspaper articles of the injustices done to Indians along with beautiful photo clippings, feathers & drawings. She may have hidden her true linage but it didn’t mean that she wasn’t proud. When I tried to trace our family back, it ended with a woman with a white name in the census in OK with no traces of her linage.I’d love to someday hire a specialist to help me, but right now we can’t afford that. I am proud of my heritage, even though I cannot prove it. This is why I would like to donate the pottery to a Cherokee Choctaw museum in OK, where it can be on display for all to see. When I was a child, it fell off a shelf and broke, but was pieced back together. If it stays with us, it will just sit in a box so it won’t get damaged. It needs a better and permanent home. It is still beautiful, with worn decorations and a braided handle. It looks very old & I’d love to know more about it. Can someone please point me in the right direction for this donation?