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Re: Cherokee Indians - their surnames


My previous post addressed precisely what you said:

"...regardless of my race, which is anthropologically speaking, Amerindian...."

When people say "race," which I don't believe is a term that most anthropologists currently use, they aren't talking about "culture." If by some chance a Nigerian child had been raised in the seventeenth century in Iceland from infancy to adulthood by Icelandic parents, completely cut off from the west African experience, he would not be "racially" Nordic.

I'm a native speaker of English and I also speak German fluently. Both of my parents have ancestors from the British Isles. The culture practiced in my social circles is rife with western European customs and attitudes. Nonetheless, I don't believe that any anthropologist would put me in the Northwest-Europe bin "racially". Similar statements hold for West African and North American influences.

I am anthropologically complex, whether we're talking about race or culture. I think that you are too.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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