Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Resource Management

Committee Chair

Kathleen Barlow

Second Committee Member

Mark Auslander

Third Committee Member

Jessica Hope Amason


This thesis focuses on family identity in a time when multiethnic couples are increasing in population. How will this populace choose to define who they are? The purpose of this thesis is to focus on a multiethnic family, specifically one with different tribal heritages, and explore how their identity was formed over time and maintained through various times in their history. Multiple ethnographic methods were utilized in tandem to collect the information. A framework was then created to determine the main themes found throughout the history and information compiled in order to define the core values within their family identity. The family in this study is my family and by researching one’s own family, a new and deeper understanding of one’s own identity is achieved. This thesis creates an outline for others to apply in their search for helping to discover the themes in their own family to find a way to sustain and shape their family identity.