For those who aren't Choctaw, Nahullo is the Choctaw word for a white person. Among some of the Choctaws it is just that, a word. Sometimes it's used with a lean towards a racial slur, or in jest. It is often used as a label.
To most Choctaws, I am a Nahullo. My Choctaw heritage is so diluted, from years of intermarriage with Nahullo's that legally I am only 1/32 Choctaw (actually about 3/64). I want to take some time to talk about this issue. Because there are a lot of us, who proudly claim to be Choctaw but look Nahullo. (I personally subscribe to the one drop rule, another racial issue, I mean it as one drop of Choctaw means I am Choctaw).
So, I was raised to be proud of my Choctaw family. My grandfather didn't tell me much about his people, but he talked about his grandmother. His pride in his heritage was an everyday experience for me.
Below you will find an illustration of Choctaws of my family, many well known, and the differences in how they look. Yet they were all Choctaw.
This is me and my grandfather.
And here is a picture of his grandmother, Margaret Trahern Adams
The truth is, you just can't go by looks to say who is Choctaw and who is not.
Here is Col. Tandy Walker, Governor of the Choctaw, who was 1/4 th Choctaw (he is my ancestor's first cousin). He doesn't look Choctaw but he was elected to Governor.
And here is his first cousin, Margaret Hall Moncrief (1/2)
And here is my great grandmother, legally 1/4 Choctaw (actually about 3/8), Margaret Pauline "Bonnie" Adams
Here is Margaret Trahern's grandfather, James Trahern (1/4 th)
And his half cousin Robert M. Jones (1/2)
And yet another cousin, a well known Choctaw, Peter P Pitchlynn (cousin to Susan Riddle)
And finally, here is Thomas J. Bond, the first Choctaw Doctor (1/8th), Jame Trahern's nephew
And this is Thomas' half brother, who was also part (a very small part, his grandmother was only 1/4) Creek. He was also a Choctaw doctor. George W. Walker.
They are all a mixture of Choctaw and Nahullo. Yet among the Choctaws of their time, they were only Choctaw. So the next time you use the word Nahullo, just remember, some of the most influential Choctaws, looked like Nahullo's too.