Tag: Native Americans
There are several misconceptions when it comes to Native Americans Indians and the way we identify ourselves in society. As the Seminole Indian woman, I have had my share of “rain dance” jokes and uncomfortable conversations.
These stereotypes stem from inaccurate portrayals in popular culture that was never adequately challenged.
Here are some basics I believe everyone should know.
We exist today and live modern day lives.
Being typecast or dismissed is an issue Native Americans face daily. The hearing, “Can you are in a teepee?” is like a rite of passage.
There are multiple ways to handle Native America.
Native Americans, Natives, Native Americans, Indians, Indigenous peoples, First Nations peoples, Aboriginal, Indian Country. The list can continue. It is ideal to make use of the name of a particular tribe or nation, like Sicangu Lakota or Comanche. It is the difference between asking a Japanese person “how’s Japan?” instead of “how’s Asia?”
With whichever term you utilise, be cognizant of your relationship to whom you are addressing, where you are. Context and respect are everything.
We do not all look the same.
Some Natives are tall; some are short, some are fair-skinned, some are dark. We have varying highness of cheekbones, varying weights, varying hair lengths and hair colour.
Native American is not so much a “racial” identity. It is more of a political one. We share the same relationship toAmerica government in that were indigenous, but are distinct nations in one another across North America.
You can find more than 560 federally recognised tribes in the U.S.
For being federally recognised means to be legally recognised by America Bureau of Indian Affairs. Even still, there are a large number of tribes, bands, nations, and peoples throughout the U.S. that aren’t recognizedby a government or legal level. They self-identify as Native American.
Tribes are separate entities from the United States, are self-governing individuals with tribal courts and elected leaders. “Domestic Dependent Nations.” Though not entirely sovereign, just like a foreign country, American Indian sovereignty continues to be pushed and expanded.
Moreover, each tribe has its identity as a nation, independent in one another.
I cannot stress it enough: Native American is not a unanimous culture across North America. We do not want all hunt buffalo or wear buckskin. Every tribe has its unique languages, traditions, histories, politics, economies, religions, and overall ways of life.
There are overlapping practices and characteristics because of complicated histories. Still, each nation remains individual. Southeastern tribes are different from Northwestern ones. I cannot speak for totem poles because Seminoles do not practice that tradition, but my pal from the Shuswap nation can.
There are countless nuances between nations. It can be hard to maintain with, but it is why is Indian Country so intriguing and beautiful.
There are still huge issues to overcome before Indian Country can rest, Indigenous Resistance is alive and well.Using the advantage of the Internet and more significant opportunities for education, each generation is getting louder and louder. We could begin to portray ourselves in the media on our very own terms. Research more on American Indian culture.
Read this post for more informations: http://www.chippewacree.org/understanding-native-american-jewelry/