I Had No Idea That ‘Jimi Hendrix’ Was Part-Cherokee Indian.

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access the PBS original.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Wikipedia (of course). Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix

I had just always assumed that Jimi Hendrix was black. To be fair I had never given much thought to Indians shaping rock-and-roll — though I have often wondered why there aren’t as many famous Navajos as you would expect.

Given the volume of PBS we watch, we see quite a few of the previews and I do check their guide, on a regular basis, to make sure that I don’t miss something that I will regret.

So, it jolted me to hear Jimi being described as part-Cherokee. I had to DVR this ‘Independent Lens‘ show. I have watched a bit of it and it was good. I certainly recommend it. Check out the YouTube trailer above. That will convince you.

As for Jimi being Indian. He definitely wasn’t, from what I can see, even half-Cherokee. Was it a quarter? I think it was less, but I gather that even 1% black makes you black. So, I guess.

Interesting. Wonder if Jimi ever talked about his Cherokee ancestry. I will have to look into that.

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by Anura Guruge

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