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From: "Betty Sullivan" <>
Subject: Re: [SCOTS-IN-CANADA] (no subject)
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 07:36:34 -0600
This may or may not be helpful to you, but the same hiding of
Indian heritage was quite common in the States - MA, CT, RI, etc.,
especially in the early days. Often, parentage of a child baptised
gave only the father, if the mother was Wampanoag, Narragansset, etc.
I was delighted to find connections to three different nations in my
genealogy, but even today, on the internet, people argue over this.
Just prejudice, I believe, and also because in the early days people
were trying to pass as all European, so as not to be discriminated
against. Sad, I think.
On 1/4/08, Lauraine Syrnick <> wrote:
> Did not mention that the French/Native bloodline is considered by many as
> Metis and the Scots/Native bloodline was often called "Half-breed". There
> seems to be much confusion in the naming of mixed offspring of European men.
> Not sure why, but both names suffered from discrimination for many years in
> spite of there being many notables. At one time, no one wanted to
> acknowledge a connection to Louis Riel, but today if you can claim a
> connection, it is a badge of honor. This is a recent occurence in the past
> two generations. Both French and Scots/English often hid any
> connection to the Natives until rather recent times. Was this because of
> the original HBC rules forbidding intermarriage or did it stem from some
> human desire to always have someone lower in the pecking order and a need
> to feel superior to "at least someone".
> The Dept.of Indian & Northern Affairs have written the following on the
> Metis & Inuit culture:
> http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/ch/rcap/sg/sg54_e.html As it was written by the
> government, cannot vouch for its accuracy or its intent.
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