Shawnee Heritage I
This book contains thousands of names of historical Shawnee figures both great and small, providing information on their lineages, clans, political divisions, treaties signed and battles fought. The entries are the result of many years of painstaking research in an area where birth, marriage and death certificates, wills and such are seldom available. An Appendix by Noel Schutz, a student of the eminent Shawnee linguist the late Charles F. Voegelin, provides a description of the Shawnee naming system and social organization (clans, phratries and divisions). In addition, endnotes offer an analysis of the meaning and clan affiliations of many Shawnee names. This work is a valuable resource for scholars and laymen alike. It is a must for those who have Native American roots it provides genealogical information on ancestors and their descendants. Second Edition. Contact Don Greene here
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Many readers of this book will be offended, that Don Greene classifies those of their family, thought to be Cherokee, as Shawnee. The connections between the two are well known, and from both a governmental and a family history point of view, these lines have often been blurred. When a 21st century readers comes to this subject, we must remember that over the history of European occupation of the Americas, “Indians” were Indians. It is only hundreds of years later that classifications became important, and those that exist today are far from completely accurate and are often simply a matter of convenience. We might want to remember, by example, that the “Black” population of the Americas are treated in the same way. If the person was any part black, they were all black. You could not be identified as somewhat” white. This was also true with all native persons. Interestingly, today, if you cannot claim substantial native blood, then it is likely you are considered a “White” person, while at earlier times, even a hint of native heritage, could cost you your life, and would cost you your property, especially if land was part of the equation, since “Indians” were legally restricted from homesteading. We must remember that some of our ancestors self-identified as being “Indian” when they were not, and the opposite is also true. In fact, the two most difficult aspects of Native Heritage research is our “European” bias towards rejecting undocumented truths. Oral tradition, has little or no value in many eyes, although it was as important to those it served, as our written records of today, and early written records, falsified to protect the person that recorded them, are seen as “proof” in the absence of any other. Researcher/Author Don Greene, I believe, has given us the information, as it has been collected from a place few people have access. As users of this information, we must decide how we interpret it, use it, and qualify it. One would be vary misinformed indeed if you think that all of the history we are taught in American schools is “True”, i.e. Columbus was not the first European to come to America.
I am a Jesse Brock and Brock descendent times 4 and this book is pure dime store novel fiction. There are countless census records, wills, deeds Land sale's records pertaining to the Brock family available thru the National Archives, Church records, Land office's that refute the claim of the Brocks being Native American. This Book is a work of fantasy.