Re: Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research

Nick Corduan (nickc@DORITE.IQUEST.NET)
Wed, 19 Apr 1995 17:44:03 -0500

Hi, everybody.

Thsis notice gave me a forum for a question I've been wanting to ask for a
while. I'm all for the protection of all peoples, religions, languages,
etc...throughout the world. (Well, there are some I might have a few
problems with, but from a human rights perspective, I'm all for protecting

However, I am a bit bother and beffudled by this term "indigenous." Most of
these peopleare *not* indigenous. For instance, the American Indians
migrated to North and then South America. Furthermore, they did so in
waves, reuslting in teh supplanting of previous civilizations. The people of
Pacific islands migrated from mainland Asia (or *somewhere*).

So what does this term "indigenous" that we all throw around so much mean?


Nick Corduan "...there is as much dignity in tilling
at a field as in writing a poem."
( --Booker T. Washington