Has anybody read...

+3 votes

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 5 (57.8k 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.

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