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By Christopher Hamm
“Who am I?” It's a question we all ask but how many of us really know? Most of us grow up thinking we know our family history, but often that only takes us back a few generations. In the last few decades many people have undertaken genealogical research and many family histories have been expanded and/or reclaimed. Eventually we hit a wall where we have no more family stories, no more records of our ancestors. What about the whole human family? Can such research be done for all of us? Not in the exact same way. Once you go back in history a few centuries, individual records are hard to find for most people, and the realm of history books takes over. Can we trace back our lineages to the very first people? Thanks to the work of Dr. Spencer Wells and National Geographic's Genographic Project, we can.
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NICODA, The New International Center of Diverse Artists & Theater for the New City Invite You, During The Lower Eastside Festival, to Meet The Cast of HOW WE ARE CONNECTED
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What is identity? What does it mean to “belong?” How do we define “belonging” vis-a-vis other groups and identities? Most of us start out defining our identity based on family, gender, where we live, who we went to school with, race/ethnicity, and heritage. Let's focus on heritage for a moment.