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

Eric Brunner (
13 Aug 1996 02:50:44 GMT

Bryant ( wrote:
: In article <4un3oc$>,
: Eric Brunner <> wrote:
: >Bryant ( wrote:
: >: So take it up with the "Haisla," who for whatever obscure reason refer to
: >: Europeans as "white."
: >
: >I'd be happy to, since for whatever reason, you declined to provide a usage
: >form cite. Please provide the name(s) of your informants and where they can
: >be reached, or when you were doing field work on-site if your informants are
: >deceased.

: Oh, brother.
: Try Ross Wilson at Haisla Village (Kitamaat), British Columbia.

: >If it was via your advisor(s) or a sort of "urban myth" at the UNM
: >Anthro Dept., there isn't a lot I can do with those unless you provide a bit
: >more detail.

: Actually, my class on Pacific NW ethnology suggested that most groups (at
: least those using Chinook Jargon) called brits "Hudsons" and U.S. euros
: "Bostons." That's not what I found when I was in B.C., however.

Umm, your PNW EHT prof had the impression that old CJ is still spoken? Odd.
There may be a few terms, the but in any event, both Spanish, French and to
be sure, Russian/Aleuts were the "new people" in the PNW, when new terms had
to be coined.

: None of which, note, is relevant to my question about your apparently
: selective and racist application of the term "squatter."

Feel free to expand, you've plenty of time and scope. Try and do good work.
Remember that at present, about a half-dozen Indians are reading your text,
so write to be remembered. Show how the Hopi-Dineh (or all vs Peabody Coal)
conflict, or the any-pre-Spanish inter-group conflicts inevitably leads to
subsequent Spanish-or-later land title, or to the defensible characterization
of Native title as based upon a selective and racist application of the
framework of your choice (the legal being abandoned for reasons I trust you
will amply show).

Good luck!

Eric Brunner