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Old 01-05-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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my great grandmother was born in Mexico, present day New Mexico. but she was Native American descent. isn't that what a Mexican is anyway, just they don't identify with specific tribes anymore? what am i part?

 
Old 01-05-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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No, Mexicans cannot be native Americans, because Mexico is a different country from America.
 
Old 01-05-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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Yes, that is actually true. Even in Mexico today there are many Indian tribes. There are places in Mexico where the people still don't speak Spanish. There is a difference between the Spanish and the Indian. Your grandmother is correct, although that isn't something we can tell you, because there are many mexicans who descend from the Spanish, which is quite different.
 
Old 01-05-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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apparently the Mayans lived in Georgia, too...okay, that is just a theory by one guy
 
Old 01-05-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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No, Mexicans cannot be native Americans, because Mexico is a different country from America.
It's all America though. Stop thinking United States=America. That's not always the case. Everything South of the US is called Latin America. The native peoples of Latin America were Native Americans, just like in the US. Mexico happens to have some of the largest surviving Native American populations.
 
Old 01-05-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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A large proportion of them are Native Americans (descendents of the original inhabitants of North America) or have Native American blood.
 
Old 01-05-2012, 02:56 PM
 
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It's all America though. Stop thinking United States=America. That's not always the case. Everything South of the US is called Latin America. The native peoples of Latin America were Native Americans, just like in the US. Mexico happens to have some of the largest surviving Native American populations.
Has nothing to do with that, has everything to do with politically correct America...they are all Indians, I don't see how that is offensive..
 
Old 01-05-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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Unlike the USA, a majority of Mexicans have some pre-Colombian native ancestry, but quite a lot also have some European ancestry. So the line is not drawn as sharply in Mexico as in the USA. The number of Mexicans who associate themselves with any particular indigenous tribe is only about 10%, who still speak the native language. The largest number of these are in the south, in the states of Yucatan and Chiapas and Oaxaca.

So, aside from these tribes who still retain their cultural identity, most Mexicans are a blend of European and Native American. Genomic studies have shown this to be about half-and-half. However, Mexico experienced quite a lot of European immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, including from Germany and Ireland, just as did the USA. Many of those intermarried among their own European ethnicity, and would be fully European by ancestry. Most of the European Mexicans live in the large cities, and are not often encountered in rural areas.

The European Mexicans, generally, enjoy better educational opportunities and higher incomes, so they are not well represented among those who aspire to emigrate to the USA.

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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If said Mexican is of Native American decent, then they are Native Americans. If said Mexican is of European decent well then....
 
Old 01-05-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Mexicans (or at least an overwhelming majority of them) don't claim belonging to a Native nation like their Northern counterparts, not any more than a Spaniard claims belonging to a pre-Roman tribe, but that doesn't mean most of them are not at least partially native.
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