Native American Crosses Racial Lines and Discovers Brotherhood
Story: Sparta, Georgia
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Native American Crosses Racial Lines and Discovers Brotherhood
NATIVE AMERICAN CROSSES
RACIAL LINES AND
STORY: Sparta, Georgia
Gene Tagaban, a Native American
Storyteller tells a story of a road trip
from his younger days.
A journey of crossing borders and races.
Gene and his girlfriend tour the deep
south in a van to visit Cherokee tribal
lands in Georgia.
On a dark night they meet a white couple
on a back road in Louisiana.
In the headlights of the couple’s car
fear and anxiety rise.
But fear turns into welcome.
The couple then warn Gene about Sparta,
Georgia and the black folks there. But the
couple’s curiosity about Gene and their
hospitality is endearing.
Later Gene meets and joins some young
black kids playing basketball.
They are fascinated by Gene’s hair.
They have never met an Indian.
“Are you an Indian? …”
“Can we touch you?”
“You want to touch me ?”
“…So they felt my skin.
They felt my hair…
They ran off and brought their families,
their relatives, aunts, cousins.
They wanted to meet us…
Native American people…
Because they had only heard about us
in movies, books, magazines, museums.
They never met a real live
Native person before…”
They gather their family. Gene is
introduced to Uncle LeRoy.
Leroy was in the Korean War and shared a battle
field foxhole with some US First Nations troops.
The story ends with LeRoy saying
goodbye to Gene and his girlfriend.
… And he discovers the best gift of all ….
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