Ancestry: roots Essay

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ancestry: roots


The experiment calls for us to trace our ancestry in any manner possible and trace where
we as an ethnicity came from. I decided to concentrate on my mothers' side of the family
because it is more interesting and something other members in my family have already
started to investigate. I choose not to concentrate on my fathers' side because being
Mexican is the general term people associate me with. I wanted to elaborate on the other
part of my culture, being Native American.

From the stories my great grandmother told my mother back in the day, we have always known
that we were Native American Indians. When my mother was told these stories it was not
that big of a deal to be Indian, therefore she did not pay much attention to detail. After
my great grandfather died, we found out his brother was receiving benefits from certain
Indian tribes and was entitled to land. This information made my mother and her siblings
start to question their original background in specific detail. When they contacted their
uncle he had no information for them and told them that he would not share how he was able
to receive benefits. He told my aunt that he wanted the family to work hard and not accept
free money. My aunt explained that she just wanted to know about her father, who was
deceased by now, so my great uncle shared some stories with her.

We found out that my great grandfather was from the Mascalero-Apache tribe in New Mexico.
He was born in New Mexico, Katilino Quivas, in the late 1890's. He was kicked out of his
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