I quite like Now, the Indians. I call them Indians because that\’s what they are. They\’re Indians. There\’s nothing wrong with the word Indian. First of all, it\’s important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached \”India\”. India was not even called by that name in 1492; it was known as Hindustan. More likely, the word
Indian comes from Columbus\’s description of the people he found here. He was an Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians \”Una gente in Dios\”. A people in God. In God. In Dios. Indians. It\’s a perfectly noble and respectable word. So let\’s look at this pussified, trendy bullshit phrase, Native Americans. First of all, they\’re not natives. They came over the Bering land bridge from Asia, so they\’re not natives.
There are no natives anywhere in the world. Everyone is from somewhere else. All people are refugees, immigrants, or aliens. If there were natives anywhere, they would be people who still live in the Great Rift Valley in Africa where the human species arose. Everyone else is just visiting. So much for the \”native\” part of Native American. As far as calling them \”Americans\” is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? Jesus Holy Shit Christ! We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so million of them, destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves? Its appalling. Haven\’t we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerers?
That\’s about half of his rant; read his book to see the rest of it. The point is that \”Native American\” is a really unseemly label if you stop to think about it. is an useful word: It refers to the name given to a place or group of people by those outside of the place or group. An exonym is a name, in other words, that foreigners or visitors use. The indigenous people of the United States have been subjected to many different exonyms over the centuries. The terms currently in popular rotation are \”Native American,\” \”American Indian\” or similar variations. Is there any one correct term to use? explores the question in today\’s Seeker Daily report. The quick answer is that there is no quick answer. Different people have different preferences regarding terminology in this area.
In fact, there are many indigenous people who reject any general term, contending that the cultural diversity of the North America\’s various tribes cannot be homogenized. As such, many will instead by tribe name — such as Navajo or Cherokee. As to how the name \”Indian\” got introduced in the first place, most people know : Legend holds that Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean thinking he has reached the Indian Ocean. He referred to the indigenous people as Indians, and subsequent settlers repeated the mistake. The term \”Indian\” has been troublesome ever since. Many see it as a reminder of the country\’s brutal colonial past, based on a pejorative understanding of the indigenous culture. By the late 1960s, advocacy groups began using a new name that appropriated the controversial term, calling themselves the.
The term also began to emerge during this period. It\’s since been widely used by those who prefer to eliminate the \”Indian\” pejorative entirely. Dr. , professor and former chair of the American Indian Studies Department at San Francisco State University, says that no single term is appropriate in all instances when referring to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. \”On some days I might say Indian, other days I might say Native,\” JolivГtte says. \”And that\’s okay, we have to be comfortable in this society with the fact that identities are malleable — they move, they change as we evolve and get older. \” Check out Laura\’s report for more history and additional perspective from Dr. JolivГtte. — Learn More: PBS: Washington Post: Native Times: