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By Don C. Marler
Presented at the First Union, a meeting of Melungeons, at Clinch Valley College in Wise, Va. July 1997. Reprinted by permission.
For new and more complete information on Redbones see Redbones of Louisiana, a book by Don C. Marler.
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It's funny but the term "Redbones" in my Grandmom Pierce's neighborhood in Camden us to mean Black mixed with NDN. Now the young generation there uses it for a light skinned Black and forgot it's original meaning. I had to show this stuff to my cuzzens Tank and Dante to prove it's original meaning.
Former Chief of the Ramapough, the late Ronald Van Dunk, said his father called him a real "Redbone," meaning "Indian," due to his hunting and trapping skills. That's where he got his name, "Redbone."