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Battling Racism

Etiquette for Non-Indians

by John 2 Hawks



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Pointers to help well-meaning folks avoid being
unknowingly impolite to American Indian people
Don't ask if we get money from the casino....

Don't bother telling the story about the arrowhead....

Don't pick up a rattle and shake it without at least asking....

Avoid the 'who looks more Indian' stuff....

Don't touch or pick up our personal belongings without asking....

Use the word 'Nation' instead of 'tribe'....

Refer to Indian traditional clothing as regalia, not a 'costume'....

Avoid the 'how much Indian are you' questions....

Don't ask if we are 'full-blood' or 'pure-Indian'....

Don't ask "Are you a real Indian"....

Don't ask 'can I touch you?'....

Avoid interupting, especially with elders....
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All in all, be as respectful and courteous as you would
with any other ethnic group and you'll avoid being
unknowingly disrespectful to Indigenous people.

(A good test is to apply the above scenarios to another
ethnic group to get an understanding of just how
offensive they can be)
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(All of the above scenarios are based on actual experiences from me, relatives and friends.)
wachichu you know you wanted to get back at me for some time
lol Guatiao
Ruben Sha King says

"I wouldn't refer to you as Native. That doesn't stop me from calling you my brother though, especially since you seem to be an honest and righteous person. I would maybe call you an "Indigenist", like Ward Churchill, instead of "Indigenous".

Then Samuel says

"Because I told him he wasn't an Indian by blood an ancestry, and he believes one can be taino only by living the culture"

"Well, you are an indian in soul, but not in blood and ancestry"

You see Ruben, Sha King and Samuel disagree with you but you call Me and Brooke racists only.

Now after all this time you are now claiming amerindian ancestry, that you found out 2 days ago

Lets not forget when you say

"Thank you Brooke

Each day, each minute, I enter this page, I learn, each time, a lttle bit mor, step by step

bo matum"

THEN YOU TURN ON HER AND CALL HER NAMES

For the record how many times are you going to tell us that you have an Amerindian Girlfriend ?

You don't even mention her Nation (Nation meaning tribe)

Let me help you

If she is from Ecuador then she could be Otavalo or Quechua

But guess what !! having an Indian girlfriend does not make you Indian

now go ahead call me a racist again
So would Native peoples of the western hemisphere (Native Americans) be considered Mongoloid ?
That is a derogatory term that was once used to describe individuals with Down Syndrome, it is an insult to the Mongoloid race. There are 3 races: Negroid, Caucazoid, and Mongoloid. Tainos fall under the category of Mongoloid. And no, of course we're not "Indians".
Thank you, Ruben! This will be my fourth (and last!) child!
The classifications of caucasoid, negroid, mongoloid- were coined by Dr. Johann Blumenbach, who was a an anthropologist and ethno-botanist if I can recall, and racist man. His choice of the term "Caucasian" was because of his view that the Caucus mountains contained the purest and most beautiful looking of the white race.

Good to know, I wasn't aware of that

the native people of the Phillipines, the Pinoy, were called Negritos by the Spanish because they were short, very dark and had curly/kinky hair.

LOL You're talking about my family! lol My mother was born in Manila and we definitely have some close relatives that fit that description. My hair is straight-to-wavy but very thick and coarse; I think I can thank them for that although my father who's Cuban also has very coarse, wavy hair...which leads me to wonder if any African influence came into play somewhere along the line..
Wow, did not know that. But then again there's a lot that I have yet to learn, especially when it comes to history!
Barakutei I am sorry that you have had some bad experiences with white people.
, but not all of us are the same. As for your comment that no Taino knows hate - think that is niave of you to say. If you would re read all the things that Brooke and TainoRay have said you see right in front of you that these Taino descendents are full of anger and hate toward white people, but we cannot all be blamed for the actions of others. Especially for the white people that are on this site. Obviously we are here out of love and respect or we wouldn't be here in the first place. We want to learn about your people so attacking us makes no sense.
Also, I believe that everyone on this site knows that the indigenous people of the caribbean do not originate from the country of India. Amerindian is a term used in anthropology.
no Taino knows hate LOL Then there are very few Tainos on this site

It seems like everyday the requirements for being a "real" Taino on this site change, and I just don't subscribe to this kind of bullshit. I don't need someone else's closed-minded view of what a "real" Taino is to authenticate my own heritage. Way to keep the Resurgence going, by rejecting your own people. All I'm seeing is racism, hostility, and ignorance. No wonder we get stereotyped the way we do.
Issues

Battling Racism

Etiquette for Non-Indians

by John 2 Hawks



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Pointers to help well-meaning folks avoid being
unknowingly impolite to American Indian people
Don't ask if we get money from the casino....

Don't bother telling the story about the arrowhead....

Don't pick up a rattle and shake it without at least asking....

Avoid the 'who looks more Indian' stuff....

Don't touch or pick up our personal belongings without asking....

Use the word 'Nation' instead of 'tribe'....

Refer to Indian traditional clothing as regalia, not a 'costume'....

Avoid the 'how much Indian are you' questions....

Don't ask if we are 'full-blood' or 'pure-Indian'....

Don't ask "Are you a real Indian"....

Don't ask 'can I touch you?'....

Avoid interupting, especially with elders....
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
All in all, be as respectful and courteous as you would
with any other ethnic group and you'll avoid being
unknowingly disrespectful to Indigenous people.

(A good test is to apply the above scenarios to another
ethnic group to get an understanding of just how
offensive they can be)
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
(All of the above scenarios are based on actual experiences from me, relatives and friends.)

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