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From: "Tari Adams - Manager - Northern Medical Systems" <>
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Opinions, please
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 08:32:02 -0800
In fact- the term red skin comes from when early colonists were paid
for every "redskin" they brought in. It was open hunting season . They
would fill barrels and bring them in as they would animal hides-
Also, it is not that they are all dark, but have an olive cast to
their skin that will tan easily as they are exposed to the sun- they
needed a little more melanan than someone from say Denmark, just as
Africans needed more. NA will also vary according to where they were
located, I think it has to do with weather patterns and migration over
the millenia. For example, my family is of the Eastern nations, I now
live in Washington state on the east side and the Spokane and Colville
people look very different than my Cherokee ancestors, shorter with
some having a more oriental look. I have a wonderful old photo of
Chief Joseph and Doublehead and some of the warriors and they had the
Louise, do you not have Ison (m)? I need to find Alford Isom, thank
"Yigaguu osaniyu adanvto nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi"
"May the Great Spirit's blessings always be with you"
----- Original Message -----
From: Two Waters <>
Sent: Thursday, January 18, 2001 11:01 AM
Subject: RE: [Melungeon] Opinions, please
> That is an interesting observation. It is very true. Most people
> assume that Indian People are darker than whites, and are "Red" in
> Those people watch too much TV and read too many cheap books.
> I love listing to people search for their dark Indian ancestors,
> would be better off looking for the fair skinned ones, if they were
> East Coast.
> Machapunga is an insult term for a tribe of people who lived in VA.
> It translates into " Bad Dust People". Could be that the term
> originate there, but I don't think so.
> Two Waters
> >From: "Elizabeth G. Brett" <>
> >Subject: RE: [Melungeon] Opinions, please
> >Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 13:01:13 -0500
> >The lightest skin I've ever seen on a man was my former fiance in
> >winter...and he is pure blood Oglala Sioux.
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Jean E Vaughan [SMTP:]
> >Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 2:02 PM
> >Subject: Re: [Melungeon] Opinions, please
> >On Thu, 11 Jan 2001 13:49:03 -0500 (EST)
> > > and the other is "age 18, 5'8", light
> > > complexion, blue eyes, light hair". These boys do not sound as
> > > though they would have a sister who looked "Indian"....
> > > Please, share with me your opinions. Thanks.
> > > Suzanne Long
> > > Lexington
> > >
> >We had a thread some time back here on the list, about how many of
> >were born with very light hair that didn't turn dark until we were
> >children ... and I was one of those. When I was about 4 years old,
> >was a real "platinum blonde" with Shirley Temple ringlets, and
> >blonde until about age 13-14, when my hair turned to nearly coal
> >seemingly over-night. I have green hazel eyes rimmed in black like
> >mostly Melungeon mother's but unlike her, my skin is very light,
> >matter how much time I spend outdoors, it will not tan. In fact,
> >the same time my hair started to change color as I entered my
> >became "allergic" to the sun ... I had to wear wide-brimmed hats
> >sleeved blouses and slather on the sunscreen to go outdoors at all
> >break out in a rash. Thankfully, I outgrew that, but still can
> >- I do sunburn, but even that doesn't show once I come back in out
> >sun - my skin stays pale, but it hurts just like anyone else's, and
> >peels. My hair stayed black-brown until I was about 17, and then
> >started to turn grey. My sister however has eyes so dark they look
> >almost black, her hair is sttaight and still black in her
> >[although I'm beginning to suspect she helps it a little, now!] and
> >skin is olive, and turns very dark with only a little time in the
> >She and her daughters are often taken to be Native American or
> >Eastern because of their coloring.
> >My maternal uncle - on my Melungeon side - need only to have
> >clothing, and he could easily have passed as Abraham Lincoln, and I
> >a photo of his son, who has the olive skin, black hair and grey
> >typical of our family, and clearly shows the "Asian eyefold. "
> >I have a photo of this same uncle as a young child ... and at about
> >4, he too was a "towhead" with ringlets, while his older brother
> >So ... don't use coloring too quickly as a gauge. My sister and I
> >the same parents, but if you saw us together, you'd never guess we
> >related. But, even after thirty one years of marriage, my husband
> >wouldn't be able to tell us apart on the telephone ....
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