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Blake-Scott family

Blake-Scott family
Assonet Wampanoag

McIntosh family

McIntosh family
Creek Nation (Turtle Clan/Wind Clan)

Figueroa-Noralez family

Figueroa-Noralez family
Garifuna

For nearly five hundred years, African Americans and Native Americans have journeyed through oppression from slavery to freedom, from dispossession to sovereignty, traveling the Underground Railroad, keeping to the Good Red Road.

At times they worked in solidarity, at other times against each other, and more times than can be told, they became one another.

Racist policies structured their lives, yet communities emerged to creatively resist assimilation and violence.

Extraordinary lifeways persist; the stories must be heard. At the heart of each story survives the basic human desire for being and belonging. Out of many nations, African-Native American people are indivisible.

Photographs by Kevin Cartwright and Roger Whiteside

Ross-Neal family

Ross-Neal family
Cherokee Nation

Alia Jones and Sylvia White Johnson

Alia Jones and Sylvia White Johnson
African American/Cherokee

Norales family

Norales family
Garifuna

Namorah Byrd

Namorah Byrd
Chitimacha/Cherokee/African American, Hispanic/European

Kertesz/Thompson family

Kertesz/Thompson family

DeSilva-Tucker family

DeSilva-Tucker family
Saint David's Islander, Bermuda