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Old 02-07-2013, 09:34 AM   #21
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Addie, I'm just grateful you are not blue, Smurfs freak me out ;p
Good one Snip. I am small enough to be one though.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:13 AM   #22
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Good one Snip. I am small enough to be one though.

I have a really tall family. At 5.9 I'm the short one! I would have loved being short, the boys in school were always smaller than me

Buying pants is really hard too. I can only wear extra lenght with my spaghetti legs!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:02 AM   #23
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claire, i'm sure you didn't mean it, but saying a troubled person of native descent deserves to stay on the reservation is exceedingly offensive. it's like saying poor black people deserve to live in the projects, or trashy white people deserve to live in broken down trailer parks.

and the early explorers were looking for a shorter route to get to the spice and silk trades of india and asia, not that they thought the native americans looked southern asian. as was just mentioned, the first natives the explorers met weren't necessarily the darker skinned type.

no biggie, though. just pointing it out for reference. since this is addie's thread, i'm sure she'd appreciate the attempt at historical accuracy and wider base of knowledge.
The way that I read that was this person looked nearly full blood native American, like someone that lived on a reservation. I don't know where the "troubled" part comes from, I've reread the post and don't see mention of the person being troubled, maybe I'm missing something?
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:37 PM   #24
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yup, you're right. i may have read that wrong. but still, saying anyone belongs on a reservation for any reason if they have native blood is offensive.
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OK, I understand where you are coming from, I didn't read it that way. I read it that this person could live on a reservation and fit right in.

Tone isn't always expressed accurately in the written word unfortunately. I've heard people use similar terminology, but the way it was said, wouldn't be mistaken by most as offensive.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:30 PM   #26
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Anyone up for a little Paul Revere and the Raiders?

BTW, didn't Major Charles Winchester III live on Penobscot St?
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:15 PM   #27
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agreed, bakechef. that's why i said that i was pretty sure that claire dodn't mean it that way.

just a thought that ran through my head, as is this thread.
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Kylie, is the term "Aussie" considered derogatory to Austrailians? I know to call me an Indian is just fine with me. But some person(s) decided that it wasn't PC. So overnght I became a Native American.
This is a complex topic so I'll have to address it piecewise.

I have often heard Australians refer to themselves as "Aussies" so I'll guess it is not a pejorative to them.

I've always hated the designation "Indian" because it perpetuates the ignorance of Chris Colombus in thinking he had discovered the continent of India (sailing west) when in reality he had rediscovered the continent of North America (after countless visits from Scandinavians for many centuries).

I prefer the term Native Americans. I often visit the 4 Corners area of UT, AZ, NM & CO, and have often met many Native Americans, and I've found them to be a very friendly people. I'll admit I haven't asked them what they want to be called.

Aside: I'm just totally fascinated by ancient ruins particularly from the Anasazi who inhabited the 4 Corners region from about 800-1200 CE. I've visited dozens of the ruins, and visited many of them multiple times. This ancient American culture just totally fascinates me.
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The last Native American I talked to told me when I asked her what she preferred to be called, "Mary." We are excellent friends.
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Anyone up for a little Paul Revere and the Raiders?

BTW, didn't Major Charles Winchester III live on Penobscot St?
And there is no Penobscot Street in the Back Bay of Boston. Litererary License again
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