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Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 05:47 am
Thanks to Facebook, I'm connected to the indigenous peoples of Northern Canada

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(Anonymous)
Sat, Aug. 23rd, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

"Redskin"? Are you suddenly Prince Philip? Pickaninnies? N-words? Why muddy things? Call a spade a spade. It'll be hilarious. Life is one long geography lesson after all.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

Are you absolutely 100% certain that avoiding these terms isn't just as stigma-entrenching as using them? Perhaps even more so? Are you quite sure that even if you come up with a new term you won't just run into the same stigma all over again? Where do you think it's coming from, this stigma which creeps into every word you use, no matter how neutral you try to make them? Did you ever consider that it may be coming, precisely, from your presumption that there's something inherently wrong with being, for example, eskimo -- something so deeply embarrassing that you keep changing the labels to try and give the stigma the slip... always unsuccessfully?

And would you like to consider that guilt-by-association is what you're doing both when you compare me to Prince Philip, and when you strongly imply that there's something inherently, unalterably appalling about being an eskimo?

Language -- rather than, say, self-government, or the simple assumption that other ways of living have dignity -- will solve everything, won't it, my friend? Keep changing those labels, and changing them again, and...


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pay_option07
pay_option07
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

Cultural geopolitical changes spurn another evolution of language like as music reinvents itself to be (relevant)modern.
Examples might be the third world to today's emerging nations. But if the Canadian eskimo decide to call themselves "The People" or Inuit it would be appropriate to do so considering the relevance of their choice for self determination.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

Maybe this year I'll learn how to embed an url...



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


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

From the Wikipedia page on eskimo:

"No universal replacement term for Eskimo, inclusive of all Inuit and Yupik people, is accepted across the geographical area inhabited by the Inuit and Yupik peoples. The primary reason that Eskimo is considered derogatory is the false perception that it means "eaters of raw meat"."

Re-employing a term never properly replaced and pejorative only because of a misconception is a useful way to avoid absurdities like "the area where the people who call themselves "the people" in their own language meets a different area where different people also call themselves "the people" in a different language".


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Apr. 12th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: the most northerly redskins before you hit eskimo territory.

Ugh... do u even have any tlicho friends on facebook?
Because if you don't this website seems like a waste of time!! utterly useless


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