You Say "Indian," I Say "Native"

In the third of a short series of blog postings, we would like to share an excerpt from Indigenous Peoples of North America: A Concise Anthropological Overview by Robert J. Muckle.

Indigenous Peoples of North America is a concise, affordable overview of the key issues facing Indigenous peoples in North America, from prehistory to the present. The following excerpt is taken from the very beginning of the book, and seeks to provide some clarity in the often confusing terminology that surrounds Indigenous identity, lands, and populations. It includes an excellent introduction to the various labels that are commonly used to describe those who trace their ancestry to the inhabitants of North America before the arrival of the Europeans in the early 1500s. If you have ever wondered why some use the label "Indian" while others use the label "Native" then this excerpt is worth a read.

Download the excerpt here.

Note: If you are scheduled to teach a course that would benefit from having this book on the required reading list, please email to request an examination copy. We would be more than happy to give you the opportunity to review this excellent text for yourself!

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