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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. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    There's no reason that the word Pakistani can't refer to both a country and the people who live in the sub-continent. We already have American referring to the United States and to the whole damn continent(s). This just takes the opposite tact.
     
  2. NovaKart

    NovaKart شێری گەورە

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    Ethnicities, nationalities, whatever. Don't argue over semantics.
     
  3. Tee Kay

    Tee Kay Justice guaranteed

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    American Indian isn't an ethnicity, either. It makes as much sense as using African as an ethnicity.
     
  4. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    Here in Norway, discussions about the difference between those two rages on the interwebz.

    Can a black man ever be a Norwegian?
     
  5. NovaKart

    NovaKart شێری گەورە

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    In this case I originally meant to refer to American Indian as a race or ethnicity, whatever you want to call it. Not a distinct independent nationality.
     
  6. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Well, a Black man is playing Thor...
     
  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    That's a good question and one I didn't see an answer for in the thread. My guess is that every single tribe had a different name for the continent, but what do I know..
     
  8. Cashie

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    Heimdall, isn't it? That movie's also got Genghis Khan in it, too...

    Well, he's not an Indigenous Australian. He's an American citizen of Native American descent; he simultaneously belongs to whichever Native American nation (or nations) he belongs to.
     
  9. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    A native american living in Australia is a Native American Australian

    If he's also black that makes him a Native African American Australian
     
  10. NovaKart

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    They may not have had a conception of America as an individual continent and just called it the earth.
     
  11. Mango Elephant

    Mango Elephant Deity

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    I don't see why not, unless being Norwegian is genetic.
     
  12. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    It is genetic if it is an ethnicity. Some argue that it is.
     
  13. bhsup

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    Can a black man become a citizen of Norway? If so, then he can become Norwegian, because that is all it takes to be Norwegian; citizenship. Nationality has nothing to do with race unless you're stuck in old world thinking. If you are, get out of it, it's the freaking 21st century. Race is stupid (with one exception), deal with it.
     
  14. Lillefix

    Lillefix I'm serious. You can.

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    I had the impression it was a very new world thinking. With all these Americans bragging about they are 1/4 german 1/2 irish, 1/8 apache and so on. That's certainly not nationalities they're talking about.
     
  15. Miles Teg

    Miles Teg Nuclear Powered Mentat

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    It's a legitimate question. Lots of countries have their roots in specific ethnic origin. That's why the purely civic origins of the United States make it better than most of the world.
     
  16. mythmonster2

    mythmonster2 BEC NOIR! RUN!

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    I alternate fairly evenly between Indians and Native Americans. Odd considering actual Indians make up quite a bit of my school.
     
  17. BuckyRea

    BuckyRea Boldly Going

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    Considering how ambiguous the term "India" has been historically, that's not all that silly a suggestion. After all, Columbus didn't call the Arawaks "Indians" because he thought he was in India. He thought he was in the Indies, and catch-all term that in past times could have meant anything from Persia to any set of islands in the Indian or even Pacific Ocean, to, later on, the Caribbean islands as well as the two Americas.

    Nor do I see why the Indians of Asia are presumed to have the better claim on the word "Indian" when the Indian word for India is "Bhārat Gaṇarājya" rather than India. If we want to clarify correctly, I would suggest calling the aboriginal peoples of the Americas "Indians" and those of the Asian subcontinent "Bhāratians."
     
  18. NovaKart

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    Good point, sort of what i was trying to say but you explained it better.
     
  19. bhsup

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    Idiots, the lot of them. I am 100% American.
     
  20. Fugitive Sisyphus

    Fugitive Sisyphus Escape Artist

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    I like old westerns. Somehow saying you're watching cowboys and Amerindians doesn't have much of a ring to it.
     

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