Indians and Native Americans

thomas w kavanagh (tkavanag@INDIANA.EDU)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 14:59:21 -0500

[Sorry, I know this isn't a direct reply to the message, I accidently
deleted the original. tk]

On Thu, 8 Feb 1996, Eric Geer wrote:

> At 01:55 PM 2/8/96 -0500, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> >I had heard the same
> >thing: that native Americans preferred to be called "American Indians."

The problem is that "ethnic" markers like "Indian" or "Native American"
are situational. To call oneself Indian--or Native American--in Oklahoma
is meaningless, since many people have some claim. Rather, one gives the
more specific "tribal" identifier. Indians are Native Americans to us,
Comanches and Kiowas to them, and perhaps Yamparikas to others. [Just as
members of that other group can use the N word amongst themselves, we
would be pilloried if we even admitted it existed.]

There is a very good article, ca 1972, entitled "This Indian is not an
Indian" in a book called Anthropological Approaches to Play. I do not
have the exact citation here, but will get it if interested.