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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. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    "What race are you?"
    "Indian."
    "Cool dude, what tribe are you?"
    "No, I'm a real Indian."
    "Huh? What reservation are you from?"
     
  2. Bugfatty300

    Bugfatty300 Buddha Squirrel

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    "What race are you?"
    "None of your business"

    Honestly the person asking that would be an ass anyway.
     
  3. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    When I first heard "Amerinds" I though that was brilliant. But it seems like most governments like First Peoples or Native Americans. Most people in the USA that you drop in a mention of "Native American" in conversation will say "Why yes I am a native born American" or something, somewhat sarcastically. So I don't think it matters, other than to recognize some ethnic groups, as tribes (Cherokee, etc..), were here long before the other peoples.
     
  4. BasketCase

    BasketCase Username sez it all

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  5. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    Well actually it is more like
    "Dude, what are you?"
    "¿Por qué?" (Why?)
    "¡Porque, I was wondering!" (Because,...)
    "I'm Indian"
    "Cool dude, what tribe are you?"
    "No, I'm a real Indian."
    "Huh? What reservation are you from?"
     
  6. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Those humans.. such fools!
     
  7. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Indians, feathers not dots.

    Almost always natives, unless it's in a formal context, where I'd say Native Americans; really in a formal context I should probably say First Nations.
     
  8. otago

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    Oh dear, one does have to wonder about the standard of schooling in parts of the USA, people would call the original Hawaiians Indians ?
    The original Hawaiians are Polynesian nothing to do with any native tribes who arrived in the mainland USA.
    They like us would call themselves Tāngata whenua, people of the land.

    Oh,who speaks a native American language ? and no, English and Spanish are not native American languages.
     
  9. Bugfatty300

    Bugfatty300 Buddha Squirrel

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    Who would do that?

    Who is talking about Polynesians and Hawaiians here?

    Swoosh!

    Oh my, Otago. What was that sound? Just above your head? Sounded like something going over it at a high rate of speed.
     
  10. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    It is the sound of an unburdened swallow flying over his head
     
  11. Earthling

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    Really this thread has garnered a lot of repetitive responses along with the move to OT from whatever subforum it was buried in, maybe that's to be expected though. Anyway I thought the recent news about that newly discovered pre-Clovis site in Texas was pretty neat for a related topic though. Otherwise I already knew Canadians tend to weirdly call them "First Nations" and for the rest of us, Native Americans is more "officially correct" while some people just say "Indian" informally, so yeah.
     
  12. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    European or African?
     
  13. warpus

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    Well, we couldn't call them Native Canadians.. You know, I suppose we could. But that sounds weird.. There wasn't a Canada so how could they be native Canadians? You know what I'm trying to say? Because I don't
     
  14. amadeus

    amadeus Bring back the Civ2 theme!

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    Indians. They use it.
     
  15. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    Because I hear people talk about people from India several times more often than I hear people talk about indigenous folks, so the assumption when I hear "Indian" is someone from India.
     
  16. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    No, racist real Indians who are intelligent, hard working and have degrees want lazy natives to stop abusing their name

    [/SARCASM]
    That's because Canada uses First Nation
     
  17. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Do they? I wasn't aware there was some massive bloc that spoke for aboriginal peoples spanning from Alaska to Patagonia.
     
  18. Bugfatty300

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    Same for me but I've never been confused or unable to make the distinction between the two (ymmv). It's hard for me to conceive a situation where such a misunderstanding would take place that doesn't involve ignorance, total lack of context or intricate set up. All this "confusion" really doesn't seem to be much of an issue.
     
  19. Babbler

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    IIRC, 1491 made the same point: American Indians call themselves Indian mostly. So I think its a perfectly acceptable name, although "Native/Indigenous Peoples" is probably a good term if you want to avoid ambiguity.
     
  20. Tee Kay

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    Edit: never mind
     

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