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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BRIAN VONCANNON AND KAREN

MY NAME IS BRIAN  AND I AM CURRENTLY A DEPUTY SHERIFF AND MEMBER OF THE  S.W.A.T. TEAM  IN NORTH CAROLINA AND AS YOU CAN SEE ABOVE, I AM ALSO A VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I WAS IN BETTER SHAPE THEN!!

THE YOUNG LADY BESIDE OF ME IS AS IMPORTANT TO ME AS THE AIR I BREATHE. SHE HAS BEEN WITH ME THROUGH THICK AND THIN AND SUPPORTS MY CULTURE DUE TO THE FACT THAT SHE  IS NATIVE AMERICAN  HERITAGE. HER FATHER WAS RAISED BY HIS FULL BLOOD GRANDMOTHER SINCE THE AGE OF 8.

I WAS TOLD AT A VERY YOUNG AGE THAT I WAS OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE.  MY FAMILY WERE SOME OF THE MANY THAT DID NOT WISH TO PROCLAIM THEIR HERITAGE DUE TO FEAR OF RETRIBUTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

THEREFORE, NOT UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO  DID I UNDERTAKE IT MYSELF TO BRING OUR CULTURE BACK INTO EXISTANCE.  AS A TRIBUTE TO MY ANCESTORS, I HAVE UNDERTAKEN THE STUDY OF CRAFTS, FLINT KNAPPING (making of stone tools and arrowheads), ARCHERY, THE HISTORY OF MY PEOPLE, AND THE LANGUAGE.  UNFORTUNATELY, I AM HAVING TO BRING BACK MY CULTURE LATER IN LIFE, BUT ITS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER AT ALL!! I AM CURRENTLY ENROLLED WITH THE ECHOTA CHEROKEE TRIBE OF ALABAMA.

I FELT THAT IT WAS TIME TO STAND UP FOR WHO WE ALREADY ARE. PLEASE DO NOT THINK THAT ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS GOSPEL. I AM NOT PERFECT AND THERE IS SO MUCH TO KNOW AND LEARN. JUST KEEP AN OPEN MIND IF SOMETHING DOES NOT SEEM TO BE EXACTLY THE SAME WAY THAT YOU WERE TAUGHT.

NO ONE CAN TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE EXCEPT FOR YOUR OWN FAMILY. DON'T YOU FIND IT INTERESTING THAT NATIVE AMERICANS, EITHER FULL OR PART BLOODS, ARE THE ONLY CITIZENS THAT MUST PROVE WHO THEY ARE?

I SAY "PART BLOODS", BUT IT IS MY BELIEF THAT ONLY A DROP OF BLOOD IS REQUIRED TO BE WHO YOU ARE. DO NOT LET ANYONE DENY YOU OF THAT AS ALL CHEROKEE OR OTHER TRIBES, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE FROM, ARE BLOOD RELATION AND HAVE MUCH TO BE PROUD OF.