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Old 02-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Why so many names for American Indians?

Indian, American Indian, first nations people, Native American, indigenous American, native American Indian, Amerindian, Indio,Indigena,Aboriginal,Alaskan Native,Aborigen...these are all names used to refer to Americas first people. My question is, which is the proper one to use and why are there so many different names? Do they have different meanings?
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This happens everywhere, not just many different names for NDN's - there are also many different names for other groups of people that live or walk planet earth to live somewhere else.

I've watched a debate on what is "political" correct naming people that for instance come from Africa or other places.

Maybe people are confused, don't know how to correctly name people to bring across which country they originate from.

As every word name - these days - seems to be an issue. People are confused about what's the correct generic term to address people. And they don't want to appear insulting, if they use a term that maybe could hurt anyone.

So that's why - I think - there are so many different names.
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Indian, American Indian, first nations people, Native American, indigenous American, native American Indian, Amerindian, Indio,Indigena,Aboriginal,Alaskan Native,Aborigen...these are all names used to refer to Americas first people. My question is, which is the proper one to use and why are there so many different names? Do they have different meanings?
I think it has alot to do with divide and conquer by the white man. How about why isn't there a name to unify all the nDn, asian, samoan, malays, siberians, alaskans, mayans, etc...? We are the diaspora of the same race, yet we don't have a proper name as simple as color like black or white, since we are a variety of colors. We aren't Mongoloid since it references a country and past empire. We are usually referenced by our geography rather than our common race. You'll find that there is no common word that we all identify with. I'd be interested to know if any nDn language has a word for all of us and what it is?
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