I need help finding out my Indian Heritage
I first found out about my Indian heritage around 1995 during conversations with some elderly aunts and uncles. As far back as I can remember into my childhood, my parents never mentioned their Indian ancestry. It was only after my parents had died and I started working on my genealogy that I started asking questions. My mother's siblings told me their mother had told them about having Indian ancestors, but they didn't recall her discussing it in any detail. One younger (in her 70s) aunt said she recalled her grandmother telling stories about their Indian relatives, but remembered no details. My aunt did recall that when she was in grammar school the children were asked to stand and tell something about themselves at the beginning of the school year. She told me she had proudly stated "My daddy's from England and my mama's an Indian." When I mentioned my Indian ancestry to an aunt on my father's side after he and his siblings had all died, she told me that my dad's grandmother had told her about having Indian heritage. After several years of genealogy work, the only definite thing I know of the land of origin of my ancestors is that my maternal grandfather came from England as a child. The rest of them are still in the U.S. as far back as I've yet been able to trace them. I have found no indication that any of them were recorded as being Indian, which is not unusual for southeastern Indian people. Many have only oral family history to go on. Despite this lack of documentation, a Cherokee man honored me a few years ago when he commented about me: "He may not yet have found his Indian ancestors, but they surely have found him."
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After moving to the U.S., I was introduced to Western classical music through the public school system. In high school, I had the opportunity to take my first Music Theory class. What was supposed to be theoretical part-writing exercises turned into compositional experiments for me and thus sparked my passion for creating music. I am enthralled by the possibilities of integrating aspects of the Carnatic style into the Western music idiom. Thus, I draw from my Western musical training and my Indian heritage to create my compositional language.
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Although November was not designated as National American Indian Heritage Month until 1990, I grew up knowing about my Indian heritage by hearing stories from my mother, who was born to a French...