Respectful ways to ask a N8V questions

Respectful ?’s to potentially ask a native:


How many tribes are in the US, or your territory, in this state…etc?

Do you speak a/your native language?

Do you practice your culture/traditions/religion?

Do you enjoy your traditional foods?

Do you know your traditional stories, songs, etc.?

Would It be alright for me to take a photo of you in your regalia?

Could you tell me a little bit about how your tribe may differ from others?

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How to address a N8V

Well, let’s see here…

This has been a topic of much debate.  Here is just two links of hundreds…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_name_controversy

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aihmterms.html

Personally, I don’t like the word – INDIAN – but that is because the stigmatism of the ‘common knowledge’ of Columbus mistaking us for people of India, though if one properly researches that information – one would find that even that ‘common knowledge’ is rumor…

Though- what is another word but an identifier…

How to identify us as a people, particularly the people who have been of the land before contact…?

I will say this – personally, I like native, indigenous, original people of the territory….. respectful words like that.  Because if you try and reference a native in a conversation as – “..that person is INDIAN..”, the individual(s) being spoken to need clarification…. American Indian or Indian of India….

Yet, here is the personal view of another Native who say’s YES calle me an INDIAN

http://www.vdare.com/articles/why-im-an-indian-not-native-american

So,

The most respectful thin you can do, when addressing a N8V, is ask.