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

Bryant (
11 Aug 1996 20:38:45 -0600

In article <4ujiku$>,
Eric Brunner <> wrote:
>Bryant ( wrote:
>: :) Hm. "Gumpswa" is Haisla* for white, and literally means either
>: "thief" or "liar," if I recall correctly. ? Bryant

>Please, do make an effort and at least write a OED-style usage phrase.
>The notion that any of us suddenly "clicked" and associated the color
>of snow and the concept of falsity in one swell foop a few minutes after
>Contact Time is rather romantic. Tricky stuff, snow.

So take it up with the "Haisla," who for whatever obscure reason refer to
Europeans as "white."