12/11/2012 04:51 pm ET

A Self-Styled Native American, On The Streets Of Harlem

Robert Banks' one-bedroom flat is lavishly decorated with Native American artwork--sculptures and dreamcatchers that the 71-year-old Georgia native created himself. On his kitchen cupboards are hand-painted feathers with tips of burnt-orange. A grand self-portrait hangs above Banks' dark green velvet couch, where he often sifts through pictures of his past--a family he says descends from Cherokee Indians.

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