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What do you call the indigenous people of the Americas?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by carmen510, Mar 27, 2011.

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What do you call them?

  1. Indians

    36 vote(s)
    29.0%
  2. Amerindians

    9 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. Native Americans/natives

    60 vote(s)
    48.4%
  4. Indigenous people/population (of the Americas)

    3 vote(s)
    2.4%
  5. (American) Aboriginals

    4 vote(s)
    3.2%
  6. Other (please specify)

    8 vote(s)
    6.5%
  7. Who cares what you call them?

    4 vote(s)
    3.2%
  1. Spitefire

    Spitefire Prince

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    Why not just call them Americans?
     
  2. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Canis Latranscendental

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    Historical terms take a long time to die; indeed, it's why we debate the usage of Indian in the first place.

    That and I don't know if Gangia is as catchy.

    Because we obsess over racial/national/etc. classification. Next. :p
     
  3. Tycho Brahe

    Tycho Brahe Emperor

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    Aboriginals
     
  4. bhsup

    bhsup Deity

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    They are Aboriginal Americans. I was born here and am as native to this land as any other human born here and frankly resent the use of the term Native American to refer to just them.
     
  5. pesgores

    pesgores Deus Vult!

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    We have a difference between Indians in Portuguese, so we call the Asian the Indians ("Indianos") and the American the "Indious" ("Índios").
     
  6. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    Amerindians seems like the most specific name for them since the other names aren't very correct or are non-specific. Though I usually refer to them as natives/Native Americans.

    Pakistan was part of India until after WW2.
     
  7. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    How is Amerindian more specific than aboriginal American?
     
  8. BSmith1068

    BSmith1068 Deity Retired Moderator

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    Native American or American Indian.

    Interesting side note, my wife (and consequently my children) are part Native American (Anishinaabe)
     
  9. Communisto

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    Everyone calls them natives, except when speaking on TV.
     
  10. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    Sorry, I figured indigenous savages wouldn't go over well
     
  11. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    They're simply Americans.

    Everyone else I refer to as colonists.
     
  12. Civ'ed

    Civ'ed I ain't gotta explain a thing

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    I usually call them the Pre-Columbian Americans. Because that's just what they are.
     
  13. Quintillus

    Quintillus Archiving Civ3 Content Supporter

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    Native Americans. Most of the time I say 'Indian' I mean someone or something from India, so that would be confusing. 'Amerindians' just doesn't sound right for some reason. 'Aboriginals' I associate with Australia. 'Indigenous people' sounds too stodgy and formal. Not that Native Americans is an ideal term, just the best of the alternatives.
     
  14. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    rofls
     
  15. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    What about "American Indian"? I think that should be an alternative.
     
  16. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I've never heard of this word before. When I first saw it in the poll I thought it was a joke.

    I usually just call them "Natives" or "Indianie" when speaking in Polish.. although the proper term here in Canada seems to be "First Nations"
     
  17. Zelig

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    That just makes me think of an American living in India.
     
  18. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    That sounds like a great way to describe civ king.
     
  19. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    That's an Indian American, surely.

    edit: No it's not. You're right.
     
  20. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Indian American is a person of (east) Indian descent living in the U.S.
     

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