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Calling Native Americans Indians is offensive to Native Americans.


If memory serves; referring to Native Americans as Indians was because Christopher Columbus mistook where he landed for India. What they actually referred to themselves as other than the ethnic term Native American is outside my realm of knowledge.


Sioux, Cherokee, etc, etc


Ah yes, their different tribes names; gotcha.

But was there not a common terminology for their people at the time as a whole (before the term native american was coined) or is it safe to assume that they viewed different tribes as differently as different races/people/nationality per say?
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far as I recall, they knew they were indians, but by and large, they never met non-indians until the white man showed up. I dont think "race" really entered the picture for them. we are all humans, and from what I recall they were smart enough to know that much.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving_(United_States)

Refreshing your memory of the Thanksgiving Day massacre.


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Only to some, I doubt it is to any of my family members or friends though
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Vahvi wrote:


Shazzadude wrote:

Calling Native Americans Indians is offensive to Native Americans.


If memory serves; referring to Native Americans as Indians was because Christopher Columbus mistook where he landed for India. What they actually referred to themselves as other than the ethnic term Native American is outside my realm of knowledge.


Actually, South American natives--where Columbus first landed--are referred to as "Indios".
Reason being, Spain's big interest in funding Columbus' expedition was the Vatican's interest in exporting missionaries, and the big El Dorado dream the Church kept pursuing was to find some remote peaceful primitive tribe of childlike natives who lived a happy farming/gathering life, had no interest in warfare or killing whatsoever, and would welcome strangers with open arms to hear the new information about why they were already doing everything right but just didn't officially happen to be Saved yet.
The term they used was to find that mythical motherlode of "natural people" living "in God"..."In Dios".
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Well I am still living on my ancestors lands and I am eating the food of my ancestors, both sides. I'm also not dwelling on the past like a moron and look to the future and just enjoy the holiday and the day off.
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I am indigenous and I live on a reservation. We have a Native American heritage day the day after Thanksgiving but my family gets together on Thanksgiving to share a ton of good food and to hear some great stories. It's a celebration of family for us. I can't speak for each Native American family. We are a different culture and have beliefs that (just as in many other cultures) are different than those of the people who are near us.
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No. And replace "Happy Holidays" with "Merry Christmas".
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Vahvi wrote:

Ah yes, their different tribes names; gotcha.

But was there not a common terminology for their people at the time as a whole (before the term native american was coined) or is it safe to assume that they viewed different tribes as differently as different races/people/nationality per say?



I find this topic really interesting because although I'm descended from Native American's I really don't know much about that part of my heritage. In reply to Vahvi I think Cherokee was not the original name for the cherokee tribes (or even from their language) and meant something along the lines "those who speak in a different tongue" and was used to refer to those that were from different tribes, I could be wrong though because I learned that when I was a kid and could be remembering it incorrectly.

I personally think enjoying the holiday as a time to spend with family is more important than the true origins of the holiday.
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No hard feelings from me or really anyone in my family. My grandmother is full blood Native American my Father is half and well I'm 25%

I really don't care what happened 250-300 odd years ago.
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is calling native americans, indians insulting?
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Artlicker wrote:

is calling native americans, indians insulting?


Depends on the person really. I've referred to myself as Indian before but I've had the problem a few times where people just think India Indian so I try to be more specific now.

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I'm not sure, I don't know any native Americans.
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native americans don't care, they aint snow flakes like the other ethnicities.
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