If you come from a tribe down in Mexico, can you still be considered Native American? People tell me I cannot because Mexicans are already a race of Natives and Spanish blood, so me calling myself "Native American" is useless because the term "Mexican" is enough. I disagree but I don't know how to explain it to them. Any help? :/
This is hard to answer because this has been disputed for as long as I can remember by both sides. So not everyone is going to agree with me on this. So I’d like my followers to reply with feedback as well. And if your opinion is different from mine, that’s totally fine. I’d just love for you to share. (And try not to be an asshole about it. Debating things is fine, but I’ll respect you more if it’s done without profanity & rudeness.)
Aztecs and Toltec cultures, language, and beliefs are quite different from the (U.S.) Southwestern Tribes - (i.e. Pueblo tribes, Apache, Commanche, Shoshone and many others active and extinct). To say that modern day Mexican mestizos and Mexican Indians are one and the same as the Native tribes of the U.S. is somewhat ignorant.
Mexican race began when the Spanish arrived in Mexco, they intermarried with the Natives of Mexico. But as time went by, they built a Nation and purposely distinguished themselves separately from Native Americans.
Saying that Mexicans are Native American Indians is a bit like someone saying that Brazilians are Colombian.
Native Americans and Mexicans never really got along and they speak different languages.
The Southwest’s Apache warrior Chief Geronimo was proud to have killed so many Mexicans after they brutally killed his wife, his children, and his mother.
Also, The Southwest’s Apache language is not Spanish, Mexican (Aztec). The Apache language is part of the Athabaskan (Na-Dene) Language Family which is spoken from California to Alaska. Not anywhere in Mexico.
I come from France but have lived in the US for a while. I am an advocate for cultures, their history and right to develop, fascinated and enriched by them. I just stumbled upon your blog that is just beautiful, and was wondering what your thoughts were on the idea that "we're all indigenous."
I don’t generally like to answer questions like this, because once again, this is a question asking for a personal opinion. And my opinion isn’t representative of every Indigenous individual.
But, in my opinion; “we are all indigenous” is something that New Wave crystal huggers and permaculturists are extremely fond of saying. But in my opinion it sounds ignorant. It may have been true once upon a time, before slaves, indentured servants, gentry, refugees, and voluntary immigrants, but not anymore. Taking land from someone else and claiming it for yourself, doesn’t make you “indigenous to it”. It just makes you a douche. There are significant differences between being Native by having been in a culture and community that is part of this land since time immemorial, and striving to become “Native” by learning how to live in a place as part of it and adopting or taking it over for yourself.
Thanks for reblogging my post about Mens Fancy Dancing! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've been taking a Native American Art History class this semester, and it's taught by Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, who is absolutely amazing! She runs a blog called Beyond Buckskin that you might want to check out. She also shows some spectacular Contemporary works including this Native American Dubstep group, A Tribe Called Red. I'd recommend chacking both out if you haven't before!
I know of both A Tribe Called Red and Beyond Bucksin, but thank you for sharing. It must be very interesting having Jessica Metcalfe as a teacher.
Does having long hair have any special meaning for the Native Americans?
Yes, but there are many different Native hairstyles besides just “having long hair”. Hairstyles varied from tribe to tribe. And in most tribes individual Indigenous people wore their hair differently from one another. Just like today, not every “white person” has a “Justin Beiber bob.” So every Native has their own individuality.
Different American Indian people chose different hairstyles based on what was popular in their clan or village. Often times, hairstyles were used to identify which tribe someone was from. Native Americans in some Plains and Western tribes continue to place great spiritual value on their hair, cutting it only when they are in mourning.
Hey, Just wanted to say Awesome Amazing Insanely Great tumblr! I stumbled upon it a couple of days ago, and I think I've looked through over 100 pages now, I adore it all and I love how you stand up for the blatant appropreation of our culture. I'm metis, 1/2 Native (Mohawk) and 1/2 French Canadian, although there is also Mi'kmaq, Pawnee and Menominee in me as well anyway I just wanted to say keep up the awesome work!
Thank you. It’s amazing how my tumblr has taken off over the past few months.. and I haven’t even been posting on it the way I used to. I originally started this page because there were so few “Native American Tumblrs” out there, (now there’s quite a few), and the most popular one at the time was “fuckyeahnativeamericans" and I wasn’t thrilled with that tumblr’s depiction of Indigenous Americans, which led me to start this page. But I appreciate all of my followers, old and new! So thank you.
Swan is a Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member and President and Founder of United Urban Warrior Society. “In our Lakota ways our creation story starts with the white buffalo. Over the centuries the white buffalo, to us, is a very sacred part of our culture and part of our spirituality. Our people didn’t have a written language. Everything was passed down through stories over the centuries and white buffalo was a center part of everything we do.”
The story on the white buffalo hunt was posted to Indian Country Today Media Network on Monday afternoon and kicked off a firestorm of Facebook activity. Late Tuesday, Aaron Bulkley, owner of Texas Hunt Lodge, which advertised the $13,500 buffalo hunt on its website, spoke with ICTMN about the matter. “We’ve had a ton of feedback from people since the white buffalo story came out, and I understand the white buffalo is sacred to Indians,” he said. “It’s been on the website for three years and all of a sudden people are excited about it. I do understand their point. I’m not saying I disagree with it or agree with it but I am going to take it off the website.”
Asked directly if he would be offering white buffalo hunts at all, he responded, “Not for white buffalo.”
Bulkley also explained that white buffalo were not rare like in earlier days. “There are multiple breeding ranches all over the U.S. that breed white buffalo.” He also said the numbers are well over 50 throughout the country including many in Texas. “If you breed a white buffalo to a white buffalo you will have a white buffalo.”
Swan had questioned if the animals were beefalo, a buffalo-cattle cross, or true buffalo but felt either way it was wrong. “The argument would be it looks like one (buffalo) and everybody thinks it is. The argument that it’s not technically a buffalo to me just doesn’t work.”
Bulkley cleared up that question, saying, “They’re buffalo, not beefalo.”
“These hunter guys, they obviously know the significance of the sacred white buffalo because of the way they advertise it. I don’t know what could hurt the native community harder than something like this,” Swan said.
Cynthia Hart-Button was even more emotional about hunting white buffalo. She is President of Sacred World Peace Alliance with Lakota ancestry. She and her husband also have 14 white buffalo on their Oregon property, three born this past year. “I am repulsed!” was her response. “I am beyond … just completely beyond! I am so adrenalized right now because of these buffalo.” She and her husband work with various tribes and provide hair that has been shed by their buffalo to Pendleton Mills for blankets, but not before they do prayer circles and prayers on the hair.
The number of white buffalo has definitely increased in recent years. Dan Sharps is a biologist at the National Bison Range in Montana, where the famous white buffalo “Big Medicine” was born in 1933 and lived till his death in 1959. Sharps said he recalled that the incidence of white buffalo in naturally occurring herds in earlier years was “something like one in ten million.”
Sharps said that the entire population of buffalo is about half a million. That combines the number between private herds and those found in such places as federal and state herds. That’s a far cry from the wild populations that supplied Native Americans with food, tools, clothing and housing for many generations but it is also a significant increase from the low point around 1900.
The increase in the percentage of white buffalo can be attributed to better knowledge about genetics and breeding. Keith Aune works with Indian tribes throughout Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas through his job with the Wildlife Conservation Society. “In nature it’s a fairly rare event (white buffalo) and that’s where Native people’s interest comes from as a very special thing. What’s happening today with better breeding and a better understanding of genetics, people are finding these lines they can breed and create more abundant white buffalo and that’s going to be a huge challenge.”
But at this time, the challenge is more immediate. “Our goal is to bring this awareness, to shut this down,” Swan remarks. “The eagle is also sacred to our people but it’s also a national emblem so it’s protected. We need to get the same status for the white buffalo to become a protected species. Not buffalo in general but just the white buffalo. If they keep exploiting this, all it’s going to do is create more, longer animosities between the indigenous peoples and the non-indigenous peoples.”