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Culture and Identity in Native America

Had a really great discussion the other day with someone regarding the intersection of identity and culture. In this particular context we were discussing the notion of pan-Indianism, and how that is interpreted by different Native Americans. This person explained to me that for some people the idea of accepting "Indian" as a label instead of a particular tribe ("Lakota" for instance) was acceding to a "settler mindset". In light of all the variety of tribes across the continent, I can totally understand this resistance. It's the European equivalent of not being "Italian" but a broader "European". Something gets lost when we zoom out to that level.

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