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Ancestors

Ancestor Deficit Disorder

Steven Crandell | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

A tree without roots cannot grow. When we humans lose our roots, we too begin to wither -- losing our balance, our health and our spiritual foundati...

Respecting the Future in the Life and Cinematic Work of Jean Rouch

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Paul Stoller

Known in Europe and Africa for his highly creative work in documentary film, Rouch's work helped to spark The New Wave of French filmmaking, inspiring filmmakers like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

WATCH: Ever Wonder Where Museums Get Those Prehistoric Heads?

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Ever wonder about the origins of those incredibly life-like busts of our prehistoric ancestors on display in natural history museums? As it turns ...

The Weekly Rune: Othala

Kelley Harrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Othala indicates that we are carrying a weight greater than a single life can bear. It's telling us that before we can seat into the role of elder in our lines, we must bless those who came before us. We must relieve them.

A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Megan Smolenyak

This documentary-style, comedy series was conjured up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (as it happens, both history buffs) over a lunch spent discussing Guest's dabbling in the world of genealogy.

How I Found Out I'm Part Jewish

Doug Bremner | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Doug Bremner

The results of my DNA analysis arrived in the mail a few weeks later. What a surprise! I had no idea where the Sub-Saharan African part came from, but that meant that I had a black ancestor somewhere about five generations back.

Seeing The World

Joe Malone | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty
Joe Malone

Joe Malone, technical writer, was laboring over a novel when his shrink suggested sticking to pieces that could be read in minutes. The rest is histor...

Weekly Rune: Othala

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Othala -- property -- Remember that journey we took with Raidho last week? Well, we did it right! Over the last few weeks the story of the Runes has ...

Heavenly Reunited

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Lawrence D. Elliott

It was the summer of 2006, when I stepped off the cool airplane into the heat and humidity at Monroe Regional Airport. I was back in the Louisiana of my ancestral roots. My body was filled with great anticipation.

The Color Orange and My First Cousin Jesse: Rediscovering Family

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

The Last of the Mohicans was made in 1992, just after my mother (the next to the last of my Mohicans) succumbed to cancer. Very much in Chingachgook's moccasins, I am the last, now, of the Boleman-Herrings.

African American Descendants Sue To Save Louisiana's Revilletown Cemetery

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Jan. 7, 2013 edition.) Former residents of Revilletown--an African American community to...

A Letter To My Enslaved Ancestors On The 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 02.22.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

I don't know your names or from where you were stolen. I don't know how many of you freed yourselves or died in bondage. Yet I claim you all and I honor you.

Can Ghosts Cross the Ocean?

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

When we first came to America a long time ago, Ngoai, my maternal grandmother, suffered a sort of crisis of faith. She prayed and lit incense sticks and tapped the copper gong to call our ancestors' spirits, but she was no longer convinced that her prayers were heard.

The Last Zangeelee: A Thanksgiving Story

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Fifty
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I grew up on the hyphen between two identities. My father's family had traveled from Russia to New Haven, Connecticut via Ellis Island. My mother's family traced their roots to medieval Spain and came to Cuba by way of Greece and Turkey.

From Womb To Tomb And Beyond

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 12.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Dreams are sacred texts from the soul. Our own original wisdom speaks in infinite forms, always encouraging us to return to who we are at the level of heart and soul, reconnecting with what heals and restores vitality, joy, and connection to all creation.

Review: Messages From the Ancestors

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.07.2012 | Weird News
Steven Crandell

Both Cumes and Kelley emphasized that the spirit guides they connect with are not necessarily recent blood relatives or blood relatives at all. In fact, some of them go back to ancient times. In a sense, "everybody is your ancestor," says Cumes.

Early Human Bones Part Of 'Paleoanthropological Jackpot'

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Science

By Kate Wong Readers of this blog may have noticed that I’m obsessed with a recently discovered member of the human family tree: the nearly two m...

Does Accuracy in History Matter? The Case of 'American Tapestry' and Michelle Obama's Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Perhaps many reading this will consider me a relic to place so much weight on accuracy. If so, I suppose it's an occupational hazard as a genealogist's worth is measured largely in credibility, but what do you think?

Islanders' Genes Reveal Surprising Origin Of Blond Afros

| Ellen Loury | Posted 05.07.2012 | Science

Pay a visit to Melanesia's Solomon Islands, 1800 kilometers northeast of Australia, and you'll notice a striking contrast: about 10% of the dark-skinn...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The First Lady's Multicultural, Great Migration Past (VIDEO)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.30.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Several years ago, I conducted extensive genealogical research into the heritage of Michelle Obama. A few of my discoveries -- particularly those per...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Purnell Shields

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
Megan Smolenyak

D.T. lived in hopeful expectation, but even today, it's stunning to think that the life of this one-time slave overlapped with that of his great-granddaughter, Marian, who now resides in the White House.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Rebecca Jumper (aka Coleman)

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.22.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

Michelle's maternal grandmother, Rebecca Jumper, did an admirable job of keeping her past a secret, but that's probably because she didn't know much about it herself. That's unfortunate, because hers is an intriguing history.

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Fraser Robinson

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.15.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

It's providential for Michelle's sake that LaVaughn ever met Fraser C. Robinson, Jr. because he would have much preferred to never leave the South.

Freakish Fossil Upends Ideas About Origins Of Animal Life

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Searles | Posted 02.07.2012 | Science

How old is animal life on Earth? Bizarre fossils unearthed recently in Namibia suggest the earliest animals were around 100 million to 150 million yea...

Unexpected Ways To Find Your Ancestors

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.07.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

Maybe it was your son's family tree homework assignment, or maybe it was that co-worker bragging about being related to Jesse James, but now you've got a bit of an itch to take peek into your past. Perhaps I can ease you along your learning curve.