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Great grandmother Cherokee princess?

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Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 07:06
Up in the US, there are millions of non Indians who have a family story of an Indian ancestor. White people will say Cherokee 9/10s of the time. Black people will say Cherokee blackfoot 9/10 of the time. Many of them will tell us their ancestor was their great grandmother, and that she was a Cherokee "princess". We hear this story so often it has become a cliché to Natives. Natives from Sout America are American Indians, or Amerindians, or their own Native tribal names, just like we are. Native American is not an ethnic term, it is a political term the govt came up with to designate citizens of tribes within the borders of the US who have a treaty relationship with the US govt. So, not all American Indians are Native Americans, but all Native Americans are American Indians.
Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 07:11
It's poking fun at how white people like to claim native ancestry to feel unique or deflect accusations of racism. In the Eastern parts of the states especially, having a distant Cherokee relative isn't uncommon. Calling the relative a "princess", when the Cherokee had no such thing, reveals their ignorance of the culture. The point is that even if you do have some distant indigenous relative, it's wrong to claim that heritage for your own when you aren't part of that community or experience their oppression.
Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 08:47
I think there was one in a Walt Disney movie.
Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 09:34
Native American is a legal term………not an anthropological one. Only the citizens of the 565 tribes of the US are Native Americans. No other country in the world uses that term.

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