Tag Archives: Indian

Places I’ve Lived: Paint Lick, VA

Back in 1989 I was appointed to the  Belfast-Midway Charge in the Tazewell District of the Holston Conference.  My first appointment out of seminary, it was my first charge as a pastor, and I was given the reigns of two … Continue reading

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“Benge! What Are You Doing?”

The Commonwealth of Virginia has almost completely excised all references to the murderous actions of early bands of Indian tribes against settlers (who were probably breaking treaties to settle in what was thought to be Indian lands or hunting grounds). … Continue reading

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Chief Logan’s Gift

The gift of Chief Logan to Patrick Porter (who was also my ancestor), is my Native American Heritage. Continue reading

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Going Native: Reflections on Mixed Ancestry

There was a time when you had to hide your ancestral identity if you had anything other than European roots. Persons with any other genetic heritage were considered in some degree of lesser status than the “majority” of the population. Therefore families like mine had to hide their roots, whitewashing them with stories of origin that were nothing but fiction. Continue reading

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