INDIGENOUS INDIANS

OF AFRICAN DESCENT

 

Darnell Alanda Morehand-Olufade, is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University at West campus where she teaches Ethnic Studies, and an Adjunct Faculty member at Glendale Community College, Glendale, Arizona where she teaches African American History.  She developed a keen interest in the research of ‘Indigenous Indians of African Descent’ after attending “The First and the Forced”: Indigenous and African American Intersections, The Shifting Borders of Race and Identity Capstone Conference held at University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas in November 2006.  During the year of 2007 Darnell traveled across the United States and continued her research and interviewed the first three indigenous Indians of African descent who are shown on this web page.  Darnell does not claim to be an Indigenous Indian of African descent but is very appreciative of having the opportunity to meet, listen to, and attain honest answers to her unending questions concerning the past history, and present daily life of her sisters and brothers ‘in spirit’.  You can contact Darnell at:  darnellsun@aol.com

 

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Angela Molette, Black Warrior Woman (Tuscaloosa Ohoyo) is Curator of the Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum, Enid, Oklahoma.  Angela is an Indigenous Indian of the Choctaw tribe and African descent.  Darnell attended the ‘Grand Centennial POW WOW Reunion 2007’ that was held July 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2007 in Enid, Oklahoma on the grounds of the Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum.  This event was a gathering of Ethnic Indian Nations and Ethnic Families in POW WOW Reunion during Oklahoma’s entire 2007 Centennial Celebration Year.  Those who attended are of Ethnic Indian Lineal Descent or Heritage (all tribes) and who have a connection with Pre-Statehood Indian Territory, Indian Freedmen, Scouts, Light Horsemen and Enid area settlers.  You can contact Angela and learn more about the Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum at: http://bjsbytes.com/garfield/SouthernHeightsMuseum.htm

 

                                                                                   

 

 

Robert Banks Cornelius, Chief Eagle Eye Bear Claw, Black Brown Buffalo is a sculptor and artistic painter of Indigenous Indian Art Work. Chief Eagle Eye is an Indigenous Indian of the Cherokee tribe.  He was born in Atlanta, Georgia but has resided in Manhattan, New York all his adult life where he paints and sculpts ‘Commissioned Works of Art.  He is a cousin to Angela Molette and attended the ‘Grand Centennial POW WOW Reunion 2007’ that was held July 19 – 22, 2007 in Enid, Oklahoma.  Please see below a setting of Chief Eagle Eye’s works of art that were donated to the Southern Heights Heritage Center and Museum, Enid, Oklahoma.  Robert Banks Cornelius is a well-known to  the Shinnecock Indian Nation reservation on Long Island, New York and participates as Chief Eagle Eye in the Shinnecock Annual POW WOW that takes place during the Labor Day weekend.  You can contact Chief Eagle Eye and find out where and when you can view his works of art, etc. at: henecorne@hotmail.com

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 Gail Revis, Chief Running Water, is the tribal Shaman of the Setalcott Indians of the North Shore of Long Island, New York.  Gail Revis’ tribal name means ‘Joy and Happiness of Running Water.  She received her ‘Chieftancy’ in April 2007 from Chief Theodore Green who was also known as Blue Medicine.  Chief Running Water was born and raised in what she terms as, “the one horse town” of Setauket, Long Island, New York.  She is well-known in the Setauket, Long Island community for her ‘oral history’ discussions about Setalcott Indian History, traditions and the role they played along with the Quakers in the Underground Railroad.  Chief Running Water has cousins who were born and raised on the Shinnecock Reservation, but she was not born or raised on a reservation because her mother’s family of  Indigenous Indian and African descent, through intermarriage with the Quaker ‘Brewster’ family ‘held the Deed’ to their land and were not required to live on any Long Island reservation.

 

                                                                                    

 

The photograph shown below is one of hundreds in the fantastic collection of Dominic Alessandra’s online Gallery of Indigenous Indians of African descent, and Indigenous Peoples throughout the world. Darnell was introduced to Dominic Alessandra by Chief Eagle Eye and she will seek a formal interview with Dominic Alessandra in 2008.   Darnell purchased a copy of Dominic’s book titled, ‘21st Century: Honoring The Indigenous The Natives Collection I - The Eastern Shore “KEEPERS OF THE FIRE”, published by Paxcorps Publishing Company, Ionograph Press, Buffalo, New York, U.S.A., and it is a rare and beautiful depiction of our peoples of the Shinnecock, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, Mashpee Wampanoag, Mohegan and other northeastern shores’ Indigenous Indian nations.  Dominic Alessandra is the owner/curator of the Heritage Gallery, where he has set up a Museum Exhibition “Honoring the Indigenous” and “A Seafaring Life” 21st Century “Photography without Borders” across 7 continents and 7 Seas”.  You can contact Dominic to order his book, photographs and/or visit his historical museum at: www.paxcorps.com or www.paxcorps.org

 

 

 

 

 

WEBSITES OF INFORMATION ABOUT INDIGENOUS INDIANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT:

 

 

 

http://www.african-nativeamerican.com

 

http://www.shinnecocknation.com

http://www.african-nativeamerican.com/chickmem.htm

http//:www.blackcommentator.com/66/66_reprint_indians.html

http://www.afrigeneas.com/forume/

http://http://www.cherokeebyblood.com/blackindians.htm

http://www.choctawchickasawfreedmen.com/confpage.htm

http://www.williamkatz.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt of 62nd Annual Shinnecock Indian POW WOW

‘Gathering of Native Americans 2008 Labor Day Weekend – Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Long Island, New York

(Educational Research Project by Darnell Morehand – Olufade, M.Ed)

 

 

 

 

 

Video Production by KS Communications

© 2008 KS Communications

 

 

 


DARNELL ALANDA MOREHAND-OLUFADE

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Academic:    Northern Arizona University

                        M.Ed. (Educational Leadership – Higher Education Administration & Teaching)

                        Arizona State University

                        B.A. (History)

                        Minor: Ethnic Studies

 

Certification – Adult Education (Awarded by the Arizona Department of Education)

 

Professional Activities:  Darnell is an Adjunct Faculty member at Glendale Community College, where she has taught African American History courses, HIS #203 and #204, from fall 2002 to present.  For the past five years Darnell has been an Advisor to the Black Students Union at the ASU at West campus.  She has also served as Co-Chair for the Black History Month Committee from spring 2005 thru 2007, and has served as a member of the Martin Luther King Committee and the International Education Week Committee.  Darnell is also a Faculty Associate, Department of Language, Culture & History, College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University at West campus where she has been teaching Introduction to Ethnic Studies (ETH 100) and The Principles of Ethnic Studies (ETH 300) from spring 2006 to present.  In April 2008 Darnell participated in the performance video titled, ‘Olorum: Durga.Isis.Yemaya’, that was directed and produced by Professor Leandro Soto and presented at the Conference on Afro-Romance Film and Culture, University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

Other Activities:  Darnell is a former scholarship holder (fall 1999) of the Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) Study Abroad Program, Arizona State University, at which time she spent five weeks studying at St. Catherine’s College, University of Cambridge, England.  She is a member of the Yale-Edinburgh Group, Yale University Divinity School, which meets every other year at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut or University of Scotland, St. Andrew’s College, Edinburgh, Scotland.  She has also lectured at the Rio Salado Institute of Senior Education, about the cultural and religious practices in Nigeria, West Africa where she lived and worked for 12 years.    

 

*Darnell is available to give lectures, design workshops, participate in seminars/conferences/summits and the planning of events pertaining to, African/African American history, the History of Black Indians and the impact of Europeans on their cultures.  Please contact Darnell at: darnellsun@aol.com