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p. 11. Native Americalocked

  • Theda Perdue
  •  and Michael D. Green


Christopher Columbus coined the name ‘Indians’ (los Indios) to describe the people he met when he arrived in the Caribbean. The name stuck. But the people of the Americas had no collective name for themselves. They have become Indians in our thinking and literature, but in reality they have never been Indians or Native Americans. ‘Native America’ outlines in detail the history as we know it of the people who we know as Native Americans and looks at migratory patterns, cultural development, kinship systems, political organization, and the spirit world. When Europeans invaded America, Native Americans already had long and dynamic histories, a rich array of cultures, and satisfying ways of life.

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