I’m a raccoon.
What you need to know, first, is that being a raccoon is not the same as being a member of an American Indian family, band or clan.
For example, woven into the Sioux thread of my ancestry are the Kiyuskas, who considered themselves Bear People.
The story is told that Mahto Tatonka (Bull Bear), who was mean-spirited and spiteful, led the Kiyuskas.
One of his daughters, Bear Robe, married my ancestor Henri Chatillon, Francis Parkman’s guide on the Oregon trail.
Their daughter, Emilie, married a mixed-blood Osage.
And the rest is, well, my history.
But no raccoons.
The psyche of raccoons is best articulated by actor and comedian Maria Bamford.
Bamford explains raccoons are critters that break into your kitchen, unscrew caps from bottles, and tear into food cartons leaving debris in their wake.
A raccoon tribe is called a “gaze,” which repairs to the river at night to share the loot.
As much as I would love to embrace the courage and ferocity of my ancestor bear, I’m stuck with the raccoon people.
Watch Maria Bamford’s take on raccoons:
Today’s blog is for Maria Bamford
Raccoon image used with permission from http://www.kisscc0.com
Day 16: Native American Heritage Month
16 November 2018