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    Default differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    always kind of wanted to ask this question ever since I find out that when Columbus discovered america he thought he was in the west Indies and called the native americans here "indians" which now most still call them indians incorrectly,anyways,just was wondering what are some of the differences between "native american culture" and "true" "Indian culture"???(no offense intended at all just would like to learn!)
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    anyone still here in this forum???
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    are there really no indian cultured people here anymore????
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    I don't think you can really compare the two at all - "Indian" is a complete misnomer. "First Nations People" is a more accurate term, though it's used almost exclusively in Canada and not ion the US.

    Other than the misnomer resulting in a shared name of sorts (i.e. Indian), it would be like trying to draw similarities and differences between say the Maori of New Zealand and Germans. Depending on how you look at it, the list of differences could be endless.

    BTW - I am part Penobscot and Mi'kmaq; both a Wabanaki people of what is now the state of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.

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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    It probably also depends on how "modernized" the tribe / individual in question is.
    Most natives or whatevertheyshouldbecalled are just as much part of the average daily life as anyone else,
    so one could just as well the difference between American and indian culture.
    ...and with the amount of other cultures you have over there, I assume you have quite a few Indians (as in people from India) as well?

    (This is simpler in Norwegian... why did you guys have to keep the exact same word for them? )
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    Quote Originally Posted by Kavik View Post
    I don't think you can really compare the two at all - "Indian" is a complete misnomer. "First Nations People" is a more accurate term, though it's used almost exclusively in Canada and not ion the US.

    Other than the misnomer resulting in a shared name of sorts (i.e. Indian), it would be like trying to draw similarities and differences between say the Maori of New Zealand and Germans. Depending on how you look at it, the list of differences could be endless.

    BTW - I am part Penobscot and Mi'kmaq; both a Wabanaki people of what is now the state of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes.
    I figured as much that asking this question might be kind of like asking"is swiss cheese still cheese?"
    kind of figured there might not be much of differences in their cultures just wondered is all.
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture


    @ wwjd-kilden - Ja, jeg vet hva du mener; jeg foretrekker navnet "First Nation People"

    @ joefizz - It never hurts to ask! Wlipamkani! - Travel well!
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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    Quote Originally Posted by joefizz View Post
    I figured as much that asking this question might be kind of like asking"is swiss cheese still cheese?"
    kind of figured there might not be much of differences in their cultures just wondered is all.
    There is Joe, much difference.
    I'm sorry you didn't get a well thought out answer.
    For that matter any kind of light shed on your question.

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    Default Re: differences between native american culture and Indian culture

    My great grandma was a Cherokean Choctaw, that makes me 1/8 CC. My grandma was a Finnish Sami. That makes me part indigenous.
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