So there’s that post going around about people claiming Native American ancestry for whatever reason, when they’re not. I just wanted to bring something up which I haven’t seen discussed on the website.
Back in the 19th and 20th centuries there were travelling “doctors” (using the term loosely here because they were not doctors, pretty much at all) who claimed to have “secret ancient medicines” that cured basically any ailment (spoiler they cured nothing). These snake oil salesmen employed people to claim Native American heritage or that they were in fact part of some tribe or another. These people were almost certainly not Native American, but the people the fake medicines were being sold to believed it.
Some of those people had children and those children could have passed down stories of how their grandfather or great grandfather or mother or someone was one of those traveling with the salesmen and I can see how that might lead to confusion.
I’m not trying to call anyone out or anything like that, but it’s an interesting history fact, and it could explain why someone claims to be Native American and truly believe that when they are in fact not. I’m not gate keeping, it’s just some history.