Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by carmen510, Mar 27, 2011.
Why not just call them Americans?
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.
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.
We have a difference between Indians in Portuguese, so we call the Asian the Indians ("Indianos") and the American the "Indious" ("Índios").
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.
How is Amerindian more specific than aboriginal American?
Native American or American Indian.
Interesting side note, my wife (and consequently my children) are part Native American (Anishinaabe)
Everyone calls them natives, except when speaking on TV.
Sorry, I figured indigenous savages wouldn't go over well
They're simply Americans.
Everyone else I refer to as colonists.
I usually call them the Pre-Columbian Americans. Because that's just what they are.
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.
What about "American Indian"? I think that should be an alternative.
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"
That just makes me think of an American living in India.
That sounds like a great way to describe civ king.
That's an Indian American, surely.
edit: No it's not. You're right.
Indian American is a person of (east) Indian descent living in the U.S.
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