i've been thinking lately that it might make more sense to tell people that my mother was a kind of creole. Doing research, i've discovered that academics identify a group centered in the chesapeake bay area as 'atlantic creoles.' the atlantic creoles are a simiar ethnic makeup to the well-known louisiana creoles - french, english, spanish, african american, native american and sometimes caribbean.
Links to information about creole people can be found here:
www.frenchcreoles.com/CreolesWeAre.html - this is a nice one with music, slide-show, videos, etc