My research study and spiritual ponderings on the African Seminoles is an ongoing lifelong process, it seems; especially since I not only study, write about, and reenact their lives but am "living their lives" as a member of a contemporary Black Seminole family.
This month I am blessing myself at night, after the day's tasks are done, with the reading of the work of the African Native American historian, Lonnie Harrington. His book, Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions, is revealing, unfurling, tantalizing the history-loving psyche with unique information on the African-Native American linkages, particularly during the Slavery era. Each night's reading is an adventure of sorts--a heightened elevation of one's African-Indian education. I have shelves of detailed, valuable reference books on Seminole-African Seminole history to expand my knowledge base as an author/lecturer/ reenactor. Now my soul has turned to seeking the works of actual Black Seminole, Seminole, and African Native American descendants. Want to see what they gathered as soul seeds from their elders, their communities, their thoughts and feelings--their research as ancestral branches of the roots.
Can't wait to see what the next pages of Both Sides of the Water will reveal. Lonnie was slated to give a lecture at the Bronx Museum of Art a week or so ago, but New York copying Alaska snow-wise caused a cancellation of that. Then I found that I had actually (and unknowingly) seen Lonnie perform the weekend of the canceled lecture at Brooklyn's Kumble Theater in The Trails Coming Home--a fabulous cross-cultural production by Something Positive, Inc and TWW.
Before delving into Lonnie's book, I have the delight of editing several chapters of an upcoming work by Black Indian author/filmmaker, Doug Sivad. I do very little editing these days unless it's in my field of interest and I can learn and be historically energized during the editing process. This is certainly the case with Doug's book. Dealing mainly with the Black and Native Seminole presence and contributions in Texas, Mexico, and Oklahoma, he shares insights and stories from the elders encountered during his life movements as a Black Indian author, filmmaker and historian. Tres fascinating.
Well it's getting close to Estelustee information-gathering time again. Let me wrap up today's blog, prepare "a l'il sumphin' ta eat", as the Tennessee elders would say, and then see what these brilliant African Native American brother author/historians have to say--both on my trusty computer and in that big pile of Black Seminole books next to my bed.
Interesting literary adventure ahead. I sometimes just put these works down, ponder what was revealed "for a good little while" and then softly utter to myself, "Wow!"