Still wandering? We are doing our part to reconnect as many African families torn apart by the slave trade as possible. We have collected several hundreds of DNA samples from Africa that have already led to exact matches here in the United States and Europe. If your research leads you to the water’s edge, where will you turn for more information to answer those all-important questions: Who am I? and where did I come from? Granted: Many generations of Americans may have the same questions but for the African descended Americans, the painstaking efforts to retrace the footsteps of our ancestors is far more complicated because while the United States is made up of a nation of immigrants- African descended Americans are not descendants of immigrants. Our story is different, far different from any other in the Diaspora and the one redeeming quality to help us answer our questions is DNA. To participate in the CAAGRI Project at Family Tree DNA, --click here get your kit today!
Ties That Bind
Most of us generally go about our busy lives without any attention given to the subtleties around us. Our schedules do not allow our minds to rethink the places and things we see every day. For example, when we think of Washington D.C., towering monuments etched in stone might come to mind. In New York, we may think of the Statue of Liberty and New Orleans triggers Mardis Gras on Canal Street. It is second nature to associate these landmarks with a specific geographic location because that is what we learned to do as a part of our history lessons in school. What our classrooms and books did not include is the subject of Ties That Bind. One of the most compelling stories for people of African descent is the extraordinary influence in other cultures, traditions or norms. In societies around the world today, the pervasive footprint of science, technology, medicine, agriculture, music, spirituality and family hierarchy are all preserved in one form or another—celebrated or observed in obscurity from generation to generation. From the Negritos in Korea to the Tibbou in Australia and the Jonkanoo in the Caribbean’s, the contributions to modern man is ever present.