Chills, Race, Chin Tattoos, The Powerful’s Brain Damage, Really Old Fossils, Racial Imposters

WONDERFUL CHILLS! A 400-year-old gourd that Grand Chief Membertou gave to his French godfather has returned to Nova Scotia.  GOOD READ: Mi’kmaq curator gets ‘chills’ from rediscovered Membertou artifact – Nova Scotia – CBC News


When New Zealand was colonized in the 1800s, the ancient Māori practice of moko kauae—or sacred female facial tattooing—began to fade away. Now the art form is having a resurgence. Here’s what it means to stamp your identity on your face.  READ: ‘It’s Transformative’: Māori Women Talk About Their Sacred Chin Tattoos – Broadly

Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. [So the further you get away from personal poverty to wealth – your brain stops caring about the welfare of others…] READ UP: Power Causes Brain Damage – The Atlantic

The 300,000-year-old bones and stone tools were discovered in a surprising place—and could revise the history of our species.

Source: Scientists Have Found the Oldest Known Human Fossils – The Atlantic



By Lara Trace (Me-Searcher and Researcher)

Howdy Everyone! So glad you are here reading my refreshed blog.  (I hope the new template is easy to navigate too.) Every Friday or as news breaks, I’ll be posting. This is a long post so please forgive me for sharing so much.

Lots of important news happened (some posted above and below).  You might remember I wrote months ago about historical events (click>) We’re not supposed to Know.  Of course I was writing about local issues but they morphed into national issues.

There is a whole lot we are not supposed to know.  Like The Civil War! Most people hated history in school or opted out or obviously skipped class. American History is not exactly a quick easy study. I believe it was historian Eric Foner who wrote something like, “America’s history starts in 1865.”  Well, that is a BIGLY problem, even for the current President. As George Orwell said, the best way to destroy a people is to destroy their history.

On Facebook in August I posted that I am the descendant of Slave Owners. Monsters. I am still wrapping my mind around this (as a Me-Searcher) — in light of current events in Virginia and a bloody (un)Civil War we are re-experiencing now.  When I was writing One Small Sacrifice and digging through ancestry files, I found that a Kentucky great-great-grandmother Lettice Bland left a will leaving her slaves to her heirs.  Human beings sold to benefit the slave holder and family, my own ancestors did that.  Since no one ever told me this story, I wasn’t supposed to know. (But thankfully we have the internet to help us dig.) Yes, I am multi-racial, and accept my ancestral complexity with open arms and with horrified indignation. I noticed in the Bland genealogy, they were careful to leave slave-holders slave’s names absent (though many still carry the Bland name)…. hmmm.

Here’s a link to Natives talking Race (Many are mixed and proud)

“Slavery and Its Legacies” podcast launched here

Have you dug up the ghosts in your family tree? I am still learning LOTS listening to the Yale podcasts.

Many who read this blog will remember I covered the Osage Murders and then this happened: The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ – Atlas Obscura (TOP PHOTO)

Slavery (and Native history) as our history is not taught well.  Remember the lack of truth-filled history in textbooks had a purpose. Thus we have a 2017 problem.  And we have a president (for now) who thinks out loud on Twitter.  His grasp of history is so very poor. He’d fail a basic history test like many Americans.

A human person cannot grow spiritually until they see injustice all around and stop it in its tracks. It starts now, here, with me, and with you.

Would we have all these racism problems if we had a good grasp of our own American history and what really happened here? and What is happening now?

How many people know their ENTIRE ancestral make-up?   Check out:  With the rise of spit-in-a-cup genetic testing, there’s a trend of white nationalists using these services to prove their racial identity. Read: White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don’t like the result…


What is a Me-Searcher Code Switch on NPR One | 29:33

Listen: A Prescription For “Racial Imposter Syndrome” : NPR One

Alison Fornes, an education consultant based in Salem, Massachusetts, wrote to us wanting to speak with her mother, Julia, as part our “Uncomfortable Truths” series.  Talking to your mom about identity may not seem like a conversation most people would classify as “uncomfortable,” but Julia largely kept the story of her upbringing from her daughter. In 1956, at just six years old, Julia was sent from Puerto Rico to an orphanage in Connecticut. Because of racial tensions in the area in 1956, Julia was discouraged from carrying on her traditions from back home in order to be viewed as a more desirable adoptee for a family. She spent much of her life trying to pass as anything but Puerto Rican. As Alison got older, she started to wonder why she didn’t know more about her mother’s childhood traditions back in the Caribbean. So she sat down to ask Julia about why she felt compelled to hide her Puerto Rican identity, and how she eventually came to embrace it.  LISTEN: A Family Comes Out of the (Racial) Closet – The Takeaway – WNYC

One last thing to consider about knowing your history:

Come back next Friday for more! Thanks for reading this blog! XOX


  1. Hugs Lara. Thanks for so much information. None of it surprises me, of course. Appalls, but not surprises. Do you think you could add a G+ button for sharing? That is one of my favorite forums and I would love to share your posts there as well. Have a safe weekend dear one.

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  2. “Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. [So the further you get away from personal poverty to wealth – your brain stops caring about the welfare of others…”

    With great wealth and power comes greater insanity! We human beings can’t handle it!

    And all of us need to be focused on these psychopaths instead of being at war with each other.

    Great post, Lara!

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  3. LT, great new look. Most interesting.

    Tubularsock’s heritage bridges the “great divide” because my ancestor fought each other over the slavery issue. However unlike your concern of your relative’s position Tubularsock doesn’t really give a shit what they did. It ain’t me!

    Present moment is all we have. The rest is inside the mind and most mind (if not all) is insane if you ask Tubularsock.

    And in historical truth most people of the time didn’t really care about slavery. The major drive was NOT slavery but Tariffs that led to the Civil War. Could it be any other way in this country? Same as it ever was!

    A country built on genocide what moral position is there to be held after THAT? All story, all smoke and mirrors. That is what this country is built on and nothing has changed except we’ll get all concerned about fucking statures and then napalm women and children in the name of freedom! What horseshit!

    Tubularsock will stop here because you caught him on a good day. Great post, LT.

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  4. I am still pondering the discovery of a KKK handbook in my well-respected Grandfather’s things after he passed. He was a passionate student of history, and I hope that is why he had THAT in his possession. I can only tell you that when I die, we are gonna have a conversation…

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  5. Greetings from my hotel room in Venice. It’s nearly 5am here. Woke up around 3 to talk to my sister about her son’s very first day of school.
    The piece about chin tattoos particularly caught my eye. I love cultural tattoos. It’s crazy how long this form of art and identity has been around, and through so many different cultures.

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  6. Lots of good stuff there! I especially liked:
    “the further you get away from personal poverty to wealth – your brain stops caring about the welfare of others”. I guess your brain becomes more concerned about hanging on to what you’ve got, and getting more of it.
    Nice to see the Maori moko featuring on your blog 🙂
    Here’s a link to a fascinating book written by an Englishman who “went native” back in the days when the Maori way of life was still pretty authentic:

    Click to access oldnewzealandtal00maniuoft.pdf

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