A Reading From Power in the Blood
While my book began as a search for my Native American ancestry, that journey became just one of several that helped me to identify my own place in the world, a result I did not--but probably should have--anticipated. My work on Power in the Blood has led me to a much deeper understanding of Cherokee colonization, intermarriage with whites, and escape from dominant society; the sorrowful tale of the inhabitants of the Land Between the Rivers (later, post-TVA, the Land Between the Lakes), a remote region in western Kentucky and Tennessee; the role that family violence and abuse plays on all family members for generations to come; the way in which my own life has been shaped by family events of the nineteenth century;

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