Re: Amerind an offensive term (was: Early Amerind assimilation

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Fri, 2 Aug 1996 04:42:06 GMT

> It gets exasperating when someone insists on tribal names. There are
> legitimate reasons for generalizing. When referring to people who

There are legal distinctions among the various indian tribes/nations that
do not apply to descendants of later asians, europeans, and africans.
You're also talking about remarkably different cultures, and using one
term hides more than it tells. Try using "Old Worlders" for Vietnamese
hoteliers, Swiss bankers, Egyptian farmers, Siberian hunters, etc.

> system). Native Americans, of all tribes, have things in common,
> if only that they are descended from the people who were in North
> America first. This alone is justification for not using tribal names
> at times.

What do you mean by first? There were three(?) main migrations. (As well
as, apparently, polynesians and chinese just sailing straight across from
the west, and egyptians and atlanteans sailing from the east.)

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