WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE???: I Love Ancestry Wants To Know

Posted By PowWows.com December 14th, 2014 Last Updated on: December 14th, 2014

by Dr Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor

I Love Ancestry!!!

I Love Ancestry honors Native American Heritage!

I Love Ancestry (ILA) is a national issue advocacy campaign about history, culture and identity, entirely managed online through their website and social media networks by tech-savvy volunteers who are passionate about Native American history and culture, diversity, social justice, and advocate for the advancement of indigenous communities and people of color.

The mission of I Love Ancestry is to empower people to seek knowledge of ancestral heritage, preserve historical truth, and unite like-minded people to build inter-generational relationships between Black and indigenous communities in particular.

The vision of I Love Ancestry is a world where people embrace their own and each other’s roots, celebrate diversity, and advocate for indigenous cultures.

I Love Ancestry works in collaboration with scholars, authors, historians and visual artists using digital and social media technology to bridge  past and future, publishing artwork, research and stories of Native American and African American ancestors who shaped history and the struggle for freedom on turtle island. I Love Ancestry also raises awareness about the historical alliances between Native American Indians and Black Americans and their contributions to history. An important part of their work is to collect and share personal stories of people of Native and African heritage and their ancestors on the issues of race, colorism, heritage and identity. I Love Ancestry is committed to advocate for causes that directly affect indigenous communities and people of color. This campaign raises awareness about inspiring Native people and organizations among others who are making a difference in the world.

The I Love Ancestry campaign was created in October 2012 following the vision of its founder, Adrian Heckstall. Adrian is a mixed French Black American with Native American Indian heritage. Adrian is a conscious, meticulous and thoughtful advocate for the rights of marginalized people and indigenous communities. As a creative trilingual professional with more than ten years of digital marketing and technology based experience, Adrian's commitment to the work on race and intra-race relations as well as social justice and consciousness is unparalleled. He is fiercely passionate about conducting business with the highest level of professionalism, transparency and integrity.

“I am committed to bringing closer relations, compassion and acceptance between Black and Indigenous communities. I am also a dedicated advocate for national issues that impact Indian Country and Black America. I personally feel that I have a responsibility to honor and understand the nature of the struggle for freedom and self determination of the first people of this land. In fact I believe this is the responsibility of every American citizen,” states Adrian Heckstall

Adrian's motivation to create the I Love Ancestry campaign was to honor the memory of his father Charles W. Heckstall Jr. (1929 – 2000) and to make sure that his two young sons become well aware of the historical truth that is often, if not always disregarded in school history books about the foundation of the United States of America, a country built on stolen land by stolen people.

“Raising my sons as compassionate human beings is paramount. They must begin to understand the nature of the struggle of the first people of this land and all marginalized people in a country founded on the profit of racism,”Heckstall emphasizes.

The I Love Ancestry campaign through their website and social media networks hopes to bring a better understanding of the hidden or neglected history and culture of Native Americans and African Americans with their historical alliances and how the blend of these two beautiful cultures is represented in North America today.

Some of the inspiring people featured on the I Love Ancestry website:
Winona LaDuke
Alex White Plume
Joanelle Romero
Gyasi Ross
Henri Red Cloud
Jay Winter Nighwolf
Mahlikah Awe:ri (Afro Native Canadian)
Martha Redbone

Ancestors featured on iloveancestry.com
Vine Deloria, Jr.
Mary Brave Bird
Janet McCloud
Russell Means
Sitting Bull
Bill Pickett
George Bonga
Sylvester “Long Lance” Buffalo Child (they know him well in Canada)

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” ~Marcus Garvey


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Ronda Kay Pirtle Jacobs

I was told I was the 6th generation of Sitting Bull

Lesa M. Paczesny

I just discovered that I am 64% Native American. I need to find out what nation. I am adopted.

Rena Powers

My Mom did some of our family history and we have Seminole Indian in our family. I was wondering if you or if you guys knows of a company that can do my blood work to see the percentage. Thank you

Annette Hayward

I want to know where my Indian roots derive from.

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