I had my DNA analysed last year when AncestryDNA was running a discounted promotion. I chose them over other tests as they were more likely to give me a percentage New Zealand Maori, plus from both my parents and also my grandparents. More recent (hundreds of years) rather than ancient.
I was curious to compare with family narrative. Mum from Maori, Scottish, English, Irish descent. Dad from Dutch and German descent (and my Oma's family was believed to be from Prussia).
Plus I was sick of people with their identity politics saying 'but you're white'. I am 'brown' and I am New Zealand born with mixed ethnicity. How brown I appear depends on the lighting and whether I have been avoiding the sun. Plus compared to other skin tones.
If I point out that I am part-Maori, I get told 'but you're white passing. You have white privilege' to try to dismiss me in debate. Maori typically have brown skin and my skin-tone is in the middle. I don't fit the 'black' vs 'white' identity politics.
Growing up, I was too white for some people and too brown for others. Everyone in my immediate family has different shades of hair, skin and eye colour. Black, blonde, brown hair, Blue, brown, hazel, green eyes. Darker to fair skin tones.
I have been most often mistaken for Italian, although once I was asked if I am Asian and another time if I am Spanish. One of my sisters is often mistaken for Asian. What was amusing was that Asians were asking which part of Asia she was from. One time an Italian woman argued with me because she didn't believe me when I said I'm not Italian.
The percentages can change as the database grows and more information is found out. Apparently my DNA is from 8 world regions.
Here is an update:
NZ Maori 25%
Eastern Europe and Russia 16%
Germanic Europe 15%
Sweden and Denmark 8%
England and Northwestern Europe 6%
My Opa had a Dutch name (so did I as a maiden name) and I've seen a family tree from hundreds of years in Holland. Will be interesting to see if the percentages change again. It would be nice if there could be some more accuracy about some of the European regions.
Xanthe finds creative expression including writing and painting to be therapeutic and helps her to manage her diagnoses of bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).