Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Indian vs. Native American
As we started reading and discussing Midnight's Children, I thought about the terms "Indians" and "Native Americans." I know I've always used Indian and Native American interchangeably when talking about the French and Indian War, for example. Columbus applied the name "Indian" mistakenly to the indigenous people he first encountered when he came to the New World. By giving these people the title of Native American, there was no confusion between the indigenous people of America and the indigenous people of India. So why do people still associate the term "Indian" with Native Americans and Indians from the Republican of India?