Germz wrote:Dog, overall I agree, but folks in Canada may be less aware of the weird white American fixation with claiming Native American descent. It has certain connotations that we don't see up north nearly as much IMO, apart from the Joseph Boydens of the world.
A good friend of mine from the deep south was always told the usual nonsense family story about Cherokee ancestry. Last year he spit in a cup and found out he had a few African ancestors instead. Probably because his people were raping slaves instead of having exotic romances with injuns. He wasn't really surprised. Stories like that are probably dime a dozen.
I mean, in borderland regions racial intermingling was common from the start. I suspect a large chunk of the white pop. has some non-white ancestry if their American roots are deep enough. Additionally, the social and legal implications of that ancestry makes the suppression/forgetting of that ancestry perfectly understandable. The kid with a non-white great grandparent probably wasn't bragging about it.
The big difference between the US and Canada is that Canada didn't have the baggage of slavery in the same way.