So Here I Am, Spitting In A Tube For 5 Minutes..

For as long as I could remember, I’ve been interested in culture, heritage and the things that make us all unique. As an African-American, it’s disappointing to face the reality that knowledge of my African family history will never reach farther back than my great grandparents (for most of us, knowledge barely surpasses our grandparents). My resourcefulness and love of history led me to discover my Native American (Haliwa-Saponi) roots, but I was always curious to learn more.

I finally gave in and purchased a DNA test kit which promises to give me answers to all my questions about my identity. Not only will my ethnic makeup be broken down, but I will also learn about my physical traits and diseases I’m more or less likely to carry. I’m excited and anxious at the same time. Imagine having a laundry list of all the diseases you have an 80% chance of dying from..

In a little over a month I should have my results. In the meantime, I’m enjoying this process as a nice conversation starter.



downloadJiell Richardson is a web designer/developer, fat yogi padawan, and blogger based in Washington, DC, USA.

2 thoughts on “So Here I Am, Spitting In A Tube For 5 Minutes..

  1. Hi, I’m wanting to do the DNA test too. Which one did you use? I’m looking into the 23 and me. I’m Haliwa-Saponi, but I want to explore the other cultures in my past. My husband’s family did the DNA test and found out they were 60% European and 30% African with just a little Native American DNA. It blew their minds to say the least. Anyway, nice to see you in the blogosphere!


    • Hi! Thanks for checking out my blog. I used 23andme. My results actually came back with me being 81.9% african, 16.4% european, being around 2% asian and native american. The last tribal member family that isn’t a cousin was my great grandmother, who identified as “indian”, and in my opinion, the woman looked more white than anything else. Best of luck to you in your research and discoveries!

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