United States of America, like most countries in the western
hemisphere, is a nation of immigrants, willing or not. Pre-contact
American Indians are a fraction of the people who occupy the
Americas today, while the majority of Americans can trace roots
to every other continent on Earth.
Many people lost track of their family and cultural
histories after arriving in the New World, some by chance or
misfortune, and some deliberately. People today find meaning
and purpose in discovering the history and origins of who they
are, gaining a sense of connection, continuity and rootedness
to history and the world at large. Ethnicity that was once effaced
is now restored, shared and celebrated.
As different ethnic groups develop their history,
our collection grows with the constant flow of new interpretations,
retellings, and inspired gleanings.