Q&A: Can i get your opinion on these native Americans?

Question by LG*17: Can i get your opinion on these native Americans?
Im going to share my knowledge and opinions if you could tell me your opinion.
I view Native Americans as a term for U.S.A. Natives only, which is not right,, I am guessing if you came from Peru, and are as full-blood as you are sure you are, then you would be labeled a Hispanic even if you and your family don’t know Spanish too well , but know some just to get by there and are still practicing old traditions in your dialect.

In Latin America you are viewed as “Indigineous” Now, it seems to me from having taken some classes that Aztecs and Mayans were much more civilized than northern natives (had large cities made of stone, pyramids, a golden city etc)and were even more advanced than Europeans at the time with astronomy and many science(though not as accurate as it is now in modern civilization) Do you think that could’ve been (like the Chinook, Sioux, etc) their capital, but they disbanded from their kingdom- which had kings ,rulers etc. To live and make their own tribes further North? Or do you feel they never had contact where as they live so far away and they look very different from traditional Aztec peoples.

U.S. natives looked more “Asiatic” eyed, plainer faced (from those up here at the native school) and the ones in the south tend to have their hair different ,Brown reddish skin and have different shaped eyes. Both Southern and North loved their land and felt it didnt belong to anyone, but why do you think the north was less advanced why do you think that the northern you go, the less and less Pyramid you see.
Your opinion helps, thank you :)

Best answer:

Answer by violeta
Just because they didn’t build pyramids doesn’t make them less advanced.
Anyway there are so many different amerindians in south america and they all look different so of course north american natives will look different.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Ok, let me sum it up for you in a few sentences.

    1. Would you say the Irish and the Italian are the “same” people? No. They are both European, yes, share a continent, yes, and have some common ancestry…but are completely distinct ethnic groups. Irish folk are indigenous to Ireland, Italian folk to Italy. Irish folk may be more indigenous to Italy than to Hawaii, of course, but they still wouldn’t say they are the “same” as italians. SAME with various indigenous groups to North and South america.

    I am native american, Suquamish, specifically. Making me indigenous to Washington, but not Peru.

    And 2. Its obvious you don’t know squat about my history or culture. And I wouldnt presume to know what I look like.

  2. What you know is a hot mess….

    First Native American is valid for the entire american continent. America is a continent, North America (United States & Canada) and South America (Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Brasil, etc). Hispanic is not a term of tribe, nor is it a racial delineation (which all should know race classifications are not based on biology). Hispanic is a cultural term that refers to Spanish/Portuguese. The reason that many people on the continent of South America speak Spanish is because they were conquered and inhabited by Spanish Conquistadors and Settlers.

    When you speak of “Latin America” this too is another term that you are misusing as a geographical term. “Latin America is literally defined as The countries of the Western Hemisphere south of the United States, especially those speaking Spanish, Portuguese, or French. Areas of America whose official languages are Spanish and Portuguese, derived from Latin: South America, Central America, Mexico, and certain islands in the Caribbean.

    Aztec and Mayan were no more “advanced” than any other civilization in N. America. What you are doing here is exhibiting what most refer to as “Ethnocentrism”. Ethnocentrism roughly means the belief in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs, often accompanied by feelings of dislike for other groups. For example, while native South American cultures were building stone monuments, native North American cultures were building earth monuments. You consider then Europeans were more advanced with astronomy and science, but the natives far outperformed them with their knowledge of herbalism and of growing corn for example. North American native tribes did not have kings and rulers like what you saw in England, where one ruler ruled the whole continent, no. This neither adds nor detracts from the culture as a whole.

    Your whole misunderstanding of history, biology, and anthropology are causing you to come to conclusions that are completely incorrect.

    Your elevation of stone monuments is driving you to conclusions that are so biased, I can’t possibly explain in such a small text box.

    My suggestion is to take a couple of anthropology classes, learn about human evolution, human history, human genetics, human biology, different cultures, and then revisit this line of thought that you are trying to express here.

    In the meantime, look over these terms and definitions: https://anthro.palomar.edu/tutorials/cglossary.htm

  3. Like I said the last time you posted the question, you may want to rethink your use of “asiatic”. If you’re saying the US natives were “more asiatic” and “less civilized” than the “less asiatic” and “more civilized” Maya/Aztec, one could accuse you of White Supremacy.

    Societal “advancement” is entirely subjective anyway.

  4. the only coherent answer here is from tattooedsnakelady! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    there is only a little mistake from tattooedsnakelady, hispanic doesn’t refer to portuguese, only spanish!

    LG*17…. a person from Peru can have 100% Spanish ancestry, 100% Japanese ancestry (former president Alberto Fujimori, PERUVIAN from japanese ancestry), can have 100% “indigenous” ancestry….If this person is from Peru this person is named “hispanic” because Spanish is the first language in Peru, Peru is a former Spanish colony in South America