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My Great Grandmother was an Indian Princess and other stories that make our eyes roll...
Latest Activity: Oct 28, 2020
Started by Sue McCormick Jul 17, 2009.
Started by Merryann Palmer. Last reply by Myra Vanderpool Gormley Jul 9, 2009.
I'm really sorry that I had to join this "ill-named" group to post a comment on here. This term of "Indian Princess" is a complete misnomer and this sums it up better than I can say:
"NEVER tell an Indian that some grandmother of yours was an Indian princess. Being the daughter of chief doesn't make you a princess today, & it never has. Indian tribes & clubs began calling their young ambassadors "Princess" by the 1950‘s, but this is not a historic native term or concept. People claiming they're descended from an Indian Princess are a sad joke - we've heard it all before.Good or bad, it doesn’t matter who you are descended from, you are still judged on your OWN character, not your ancestor's. You can bet your paycheck that the real chief’s descendants know the name of the chief(s) that they descend from.The term "Indian Princess" probably came into your family history as a term of endearment, used by a white husband who adored his hardworking Indian wife. During the early times on the American & Canadian Frontier, white men outnumbered white women by a wide margin. Consequently, many early settlers chose Indian wives, who were an asset rather than a liability on the dangerous frontier. This is why so many Americans & Canadians carry Indian blood today. Honor the spirit in which the term was likely used by your family long ago, & be proud that your native grandmother was so highly honored & valued as a wife by her adoring husband." From: www.littlecrowtradingpost.com
Frankly, the term used to describe the daughter of an American Native is a disgrace and I'm offended by the "name" of this group as all of you should be.
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