- and about fakes

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Posted by Petra on October 05, 1999 at 08:11:08:

In Reply to: Re: Hi Elaine and Rebecca! - and about fakes posted by Elaine on October 05, 1999 at 07:26:37:

: : Hi you two!

: : No, Rebecca, I didn't take any pictures, I know I should have, hehe. I wonder if there is any other race of people that is as much imitated by whites as American Indians. It seems that especially in places where there are not too many real Indians, there are fakes abound, even in Europe. Here in AZ, I would think that there are maybe not too many who call themselves by some fancy animal name to impress others because any Joe Normal next to you may turn around and turn out to be "real". And here, people go by looks, which of course may give rise to some prejudice and stereotypes too, but that's just how it is. Indians here tell me they can often tell what (Arizona) tribe someone is just by the way they look. I guess, just like I can often tell from what European country someone is even before I hear them talk. Is it the same in Canada, Rebecca?

: : Petra

: Hi Petra!

: Fancy Animal Name people - it's a funny thing, to be sure. No, I don't think you'd have too many of those in Arizona. You know where there are many though? The southeast has A LOT. The northeast has WAY too many! The rule of thumb does appear to be, the less "Real" Joe Normals in the region, the more Fancy Animal Name people!!!!!!

Good morning Elaine!

Now, of course I'm not talking about some Joe Normal's last name. But another rule of thumb (in my experience, at least, Rebecca may correct me there): If a name that has a "meaning" doesn't sound glorious, mystical and wonderful (Moonspirit/Wolf/Bear-Something..) but rather boring or even a little ridiculous (hey, and I better don't give any examples here or I may get in trouble... grin), now those people tend to be the "real" Joe Normal.

Have a great day!

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