Native American Scholars on the Warpath
For a summary of the architectural and historical research leading up to the filming of Unearthing America, you can read a 16 part series in AccessGenealogy.com. My book, Itsapa, the Itza Mayas in North America is available on Lulu.com. The electronic version is vastly cheaper! In advance of the broadcast of Unearthing America on the Maya New Year, the Examiner is running a series on the behind the scenes politics that led to Native Americans seeking to take control of their own history.
The article begins:
“I don’t want to talk about it! They treated us worse than the Coloreds.” That’s what my Granny Ruby would generally say, when we begged our grandparents to tell us more about our Indian heritage. You see Georgia, like many states, had laws on the books until the late 20th century which withheld those basic civil rights for Native Americans that were even nominally assigned to African Americans. My mother was the first person in her family that the State of Georgia allowed to attend public school. She was valedictorian of her high school class, attended the University of Georgia on a full scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Like women in four generations before her, my grandmother’s real name was Mahala, which means “teacher” in Creek. She was so ashamed of her Native heritage that she hid her own name, which in fact was a name denoting a special honor accorded her as a child.
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