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

Eric Brunner (
2 Aug 1996 12:51:59 GMT

An outstanding post Stephen. Nice work!

Stephen W. Russell ( wrote:
: While this is a real problem, it would be easier to treat it as such if
: the "scientists" involved seemed to be on a good faith quest for a solution.

The overwhelming bulk of posters from both sci.anthro and sci.arch make it
obvious that good faith is absent. Then again, many of these people are the
same ones who object to posts which address ethnocentricism in hobbyist,
and still in scientific, anthropology and archaeology.

: So while this labelling problem is real, it is just a proxy for whether
: Indians are people or data.

You've hit the nail on the head.

: When I write, I try for tribal names--real ones--and then I whip back and
: forth between Native American and Indian depending upon nothing more
: esoteric than how many syllables sound good in the sentence...

Agreed, along with any nuances one is attempting to convay, which vary in
context, both the writer's and the intended and actual reader's. Wado.

: Steve Russell

Eric Brunner