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Old 07-14-2012, 08:53 PM
 
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In India, native americans were known as "Red Indians".
They are still known as "Red Indians" in India.
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Old 07-14-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I believe the word 'Indians' in the U.S was corrected to Native Americans around the late 60's . The older generation got the word Indians stuck in their vocabulary. The only time you would refer to 'Indians' in current U.S. vocabulary is when referring to old pop culture such as 'Cowboys and Indians...'.

U.S. demographic identities needs to be updated again, IMHO.
I'm not sure how it is in the US, but in Canada part of the reason the word "Indian" has survived is because the indigenous people prefer this term! It's the word they use to describe themselves, they don't like using those more PC terms. As an Indo-Canadian, however, I always sort of wished they could find another term since it's a little confusing for two different groups of peoples to have the same name.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:35 PM
 
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In Canada, people of indigenous ancestry are called "FIRST NATIONS tribes" -- and Eskimos there are called "Inuits". Obviously they cannot be called "American Indians" if they are Canadians.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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I'm not sure how it is in the US, but in Canada part of the reason the word "Indian" has survived is because the indigenous people prefer this term! It's the word they use to describe themselves, they don't like using those more PC terms. As an Indo-Canadian, however, I always sort of wished they could find another term since it's a little confusing for two different groups of peoples to have the same name.
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In Canada, people of indigenous ancestry are called "FIRST NATIONS tribes" -- and Eskimos there are called "Inuits". Obviously they cannot be called "American Indians" if they are Canadians.
Well, I don't know whether it is really about political correctness or the fact that there are more alternative names (First Nations specifically, or aboriginals more broadly speaking etc.) or the fact that chances of confusion are even higher now with more Canadians, especially in the cities having immigrant descent/origins from India itself, but I do notice far fewer Canadians would call aboriginal people straight-up "Indians", than Americans do.

Another thing that seems to strike me as a rather Canadian usage (especially I think of BC for some reason), is to call people from India as "East Indian" (though I hear that less now). This also contrasts with West Indians (meaning those from the West Indies, which is the Caribbean, like Jamaicans). Though this must not help but to add to the confusion!
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:01 PM
 
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In Canada, people of indigenous ancestry are called "FIRST NATIONS tribes" -- and Eskimos there are called "Inuits". Obviously they cannot be called "American Indians" if they are Canadians.
That raises a point -- I'm wondering if Americans usually mark out 'Eskimos', and 'American Indians' as separate groups (if I'm not mistaken I've seen Alaska natives separate from American Indians on the US census) the way Eskimo/'Inuit' in Canada are a separate group from 'First Nations', though they both belong under the category of aboriginal?
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:00 AM
 
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I'm not sure how it is in the US, but in Canada part of the reason the word "Indian" has survived is because the indigenous people prefer this term! It's the word they use to describe themselves, they don't like using those more PC terms. As an Indo-Canadian, however, I always sort of wished they could find another term since it's a little confusing for two different groups of peoples to have the same name.
Yes, many tribes prefer "American Indian" in the US to "Native American", although referring to them by their actual tribe is most preferred (so I've been told). I've heard many reasons for this... two being:
1. They got sick of being renamed by other people. Sticking to "American Indian" is their way of rejecting yet another imposed renaming.
2. Something to do with treaties & legal stuff referring to them as "Indian" & not "Native American"...

I still mostly call them Native American because there are increasingly more & more Indian people in Southern California & it gets confusing to refer to both as "Indian".

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In Canada, people of indigenous ancestry are called "FIRST NATIONS tribes" -- and Eskimos there are called "Inuits". Obviously they cannot be called "American Indians" if they are Canadians.
Unless you're using "America" to refer to the American continents....which is what I had assumed it meant, honestly.

When it comes to the indigenous people of South American, I have heard them called "Amerindians" or even "Indios". I imagine it varies from country to country....
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:07 AM
 
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Just to add to the confusion, how will you call Americans living in India??? all possible names are already taken. cant call them american indians or indian americans. If a native american decides to live in India, it will be a comedy of errors.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:00 AM
 
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Just to add to the confusion, how will you call Americans living in India??? all possible names are already taken. cant call them american indians or indian americans. If a native american decides to live in India, it will be a comedy of errors.
Americans living in India are simply called Americans . I doubt any Native Americans ever went to India though!
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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Amerindian an ethnic group and they are the native americans right? American Indian or Red Indian.

actually, the Indian I know is the Amerindian before like this



before knowing that they also call Indian nationals in India as "Indians" lol but I know
they are different people.

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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very soon the population of Indians will overtake Native American population in USA. Indians are already 3.2 million. By next census, they will cross 5 million mark.
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