I happen to live near several First Nations reservations and know a good number of Native people. Never once have I met one who boasted of being one-eighth Swedish. However, a lot of white people are pretty stoked that their great-great-great-great-grandfather may have had an illicit affair with / raped a Cherokee princess, and that’s why they could probably handle a bow and arrow if a zombie apocalypse ever shows up.
In 2000, about 729,000 Americans identified as Cherokee. By 2010, that number had risen to 820,000. More than any other tribe, Cherokee is the one people are pretty sure they have an ancestor from, despite not being able to name the ancestor or show any proof of such an ancestor, because such an ancestor never existed. It’s not just guys who squint in the sun and look like Steven Seagal who think this way, either. Celebrities like Johnny Deep, Johnny Cash, and Miley Cyrus have all been pretty sure they’re Cherokee as well.
So if your boss isn’t Cherokee, why does he keep telling people he is every Thanksgiving? There’s a long, robust history behind this bullshit that first stems from a hint of reality and then gets shat about by idjits, as is the case with most things.
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