Has anybody read...

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Would appreciate a review or critique if you have read any books in this series -

Secret Genealogy IV: Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees (Secret Genealogy ..by Suellen Ocean

in The Tree House by James LaLone G2G6 Mach 6 (63.7k points)

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Run, don’t walk, away from this book.  Aside from a few useful - but hardly hidden - items like studying the geography of an area or the history of a particular tribe, it’s filled with the worst kind  of stereotyping and amalgamation from the Internet.  Did your great -grandmother like to work in the yard, well, she must be Indian.  Did Granddad smoke a pipe? He must be too!   Got those high cheekbones?  Think Indian symbols look like Hebrew?  Must be that lost tribe of Israel...   The book actually has a list of physical characteristics (calf size, anyone?)  and diseases that claims to point you to that Indian ancestor.  

Anybody in the world can publish anything these days and call it a book.
When i Traveled to that part of the country it’s clear the dress men wear, headgear, beads, and even the sound of how they6 speak is similar.  They claim the Shawnees crossed from Israel to Florida related to the salt content but i do not know much about that yet.

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