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Gwayakotam, She Finds out the Truth
How can I identify as an Aboriginal woman if I don't look like one? If I’m only a small percentage in the eyes of others? How do I have the right? It’s the same question I asked myself when I identified with my Latina heritage, with my white heritage. I mean I am French and Irish, I am Venezuelan, I am Cree, Ojibwa and Métis as much as I am Trinidadian, and yet I always feel like I’m a fraud. Although I look black, I don't feel black enough to identify as black. Although I can pass as Latina, I don't feel as if I’m enough. Although I know so much about my Aboriginal culture and I do identify as Aboriginal, I never feel like it's enough. And although I have a rich French and Irish heritage, because I don't look “white” I feel like I will never be enough to identify. So I guess the question I am left with is: will I ever be enough? And are myself and my friend the only multiracial people that feel this way?
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- Global Indigenous Youth: Through Their Eyes
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- Institute for the Study of Human Rights
- Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
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- October 28, 2019
This is a chapter from "Global Indigenous Youth: Through Their Eyes". The entire volume is available in Academic Commons at https://doi.org/10.7916/d8-dh2w-rz29.