This may be a charged subject because there is so much controversy surrounding the whole idea of ethnicity and race, but I am going to try to explain this by talking about what it means to me. As before, I don’t plan to go into political or social talks because I am not trying to be controversial, but I feel I should voice my thoughts on the matter.
A few years ago, I got a DNA test for my ancestry. I already had a good idea what I would find considering my knowledge of the origins of my family, but it was interesting finding out for sure. Being pagan, I thought knowing my ancestry background would bring me closer to my ancestors, and it certainly did do it.
My ancestry came back, roughly, 20% Native American, 20% Celtic Irish, and 50% Iberian and Southern European. 10% was pretty much everything else from African to East Asian. This made me think about how I’d like to appropriately honor this heritage.
But am I supposed to pick and choose which parts of my heritage deserves recognition and which ones don’t? I grew up hearing stories about my family’s origins in Mexico, being immigrant farm workers in the 1920s, the hardships they endured to get to where they are now. These stories are part of my heritage, even though I am light skinned. In short, I am mixed race.
And the thing is, my Anasazi and Aztec ancestors are very important to me. Their wisdom and the mark they left on the world is valuable and deserves to be recognized, but so does my European heritage. The Celtic people were among the first people to inhabit the European continent and their cave paintings and sacred stone arrangements dot the continent and tell of an extraordinary heritage.
The point is that all of these traditions and heritage all combine to create me. To me they aren’t above or below, they are all my heritage, they deserve equal respect.
So those are my thoughts on the subject. Take them as controversial, but I am who I am, and I will continue to honor my ancestors regardless of what continent they walked on.