Talk:Native American

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Editorial notes
  • Some images maybe?

List of American Indians[edit]

There are Hundreds of tribes recognized Federally. There are additional thousand tribes that are extinct or not recognized by Canada or the US, and there are still more (not sure how many more, as it's not my field) of Indians in Mexico and South America. Do we build a list of thousands of names? Do we list "exemplar" (if that's the word) tribes from each culture area? Do we include important but extinct tribes? I'm really unsure what would work best, but just a list of 10, or 50, or 100 or more names without explanation seemed strange. I thought something fun, like "common names which came from Indian words or tribes" might be fun, and you could include "Chicago, Illinois, Kansas, Utah, Pueblo" etc. --Waiting for Godot 12:00, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

I agree a long list of tribes here would be excessive. Plus there are also already such lists elsewhere in intercybernetspace (e.g. here). Here it should be sufficient just to acknowledge that there are a lot of tribes. It might be interesting to have a short list of famous native Americans & their achievements (although there are already some lists like that on Wikipedia), or just more content about America's policy to Native Americans (now & historically). weaseLOIdbite me 12:29, 13 August 2008 (EDT)
Re: spelling. I'm sure some of the tribal names anglicization is not the same as the modern words, but are all these spellings accurate or are there some typos? ħumanUser talk:Human 16:25, 13 August 2008 (EDT)
Since it's me, I'd guess it's all typos.  ;-) I'll wiki them right now. --Waiting for Godot 17:52, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

CP Site[edit]

Oh, man, they killed the great "These are not native Americans, but American Indians" debate they had. boo hoo. anyhow, when looking for that, i found this gem. So when, exactly, do young earth types think the ice age happened, or that these people walked across the Bering straight, since the world is younger than the ice ages?

The first Native Americans are believed to have migrated from Asia via the Bering land bridge, the exposed continental shelf between Asia and N. America during the last Ice Age.--Waiting for Godot 18:05, 13 August 2008 (EDT)

Native Canadian[edit]

I note with some amusement that we say:

  • Native American is also used by the popular media for tribes who live in Canada where the politically correct term would more appropriately be Native Canadian

I beg to differ. "America" is a continent - "The United States of America" is a country. "Native American" is, I would suggest, a perfect term for these peoples. It is in fact a better term than the term "American" is for people who only happen to be citizens of the USA.--Bobbing up 14:56, 31 October 2008 (EDT)

OK, I've included it in the article.--Bobbing up 09:00, 2 November 2008 (EST)
The preferred term in Canada is "First Nations." PFoster 09:09, 2 November 2008 (EST)

Who Owns Culture[edit]

What is rational about accepting the claim that indigenes own some specific cultural content or practice? The condemnation of "mixing Native spirituality with drug culture mostly as an excuse to take peyote" asserts an implicit claim of inauthenticity. Surely, if humans do it, it is authentic. Thorvelden (talk) July 20, 2010


Is the (mis)spelling of "reclaim", in the quote at the top of the Woo section, intentional?

Nope, it wasn't. My native language is Portuguese and, although my English is good, sometimes I don't know how to translate certain words, because the pronunciation of the words in my head is very close (e.g.: reclame and reclaim, involve and envolve). But, now that you mention it, in Portuguese "reclame" is one of many words for a TV commercial :). Faunas (talk) 18:36, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

So if they hate the term, why are we using it?[edit]

Not "we" white people or whatever, but we RationalWikians. Shouldn't this page be called American Indian? Wehpudicabok [話] [変] 08:52, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Just being nitpicky[edit]

In the Learning the Language section, why is Chicago listed twice? — Unsigned, by: Chair tater / talk / contribs

Not any more it isn't. Thanks! Now, if you feel like suggesting a replacement for the deleted instance of it? I would add towns like Ogunquit and Natick and Woonsocket, but don't know where to stop. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 02:58, 8 March 2014 (UTC)

Plastic Shaman[edit]

Some of these people try to fake a Shaman status to promote Conspiracy Theories.


This guy claims to have dreams about Obama being the Antichrist, chemtrails, etc. His name? "Chief Golden Light Eagle". His name is a dead giveaway alone.--ReptoidKiller (talk) 12:42, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Somewhat larger numbers of whites and blacks will claim Native American ancestry out of embarrassment for what is really, respectively, black or white ancestry.[edit]

What the hell does that last edit mean? Read-Write (talk) 17:15, 6 March 2016 (UTC)