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Indigenous Peoples

For each people group, guess the modern day country in which their indigenous land is located. For instances where their land is now in more than one country, select the country that has the largest population of such people group. Does not include modern diasporas (e.g. for Irish people the correct answer is Ireland and not USA)
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Last updated: January 24, 2023
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Maori
New Zealand
Persian
Iran
Cherokee
United States of America
Basque
Spain
Anglo-Saxons
United Kingdom
Inuit
Canada
Han
China
Tuareg
Niger
Tagalog
Philippines
Khmer
Cambodia
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Boer
South Africa
Sámi
Norway
Kalmyk
Russia
Yoruba
Nigeria
Dinka
South Sudan
Hutu
Rwanda
Quechua
Peru
Aborigine
Australia
Tamil
India
Balts
Lithuania
21 Comments
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Level 72
Jan 22, 2023
Boers being indigenous to South Africa is new to me. Especially as modern migrations don't count.
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Level 80
Jan 22, 2023
I would advise to remove this answer because you will receive legitimate criticism about the implied neocolonialism.
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2023
I don't understand your point? Many of these ethnic groups have colonised different areas at different times?
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Level 54
Jan 24, 2023
The Boers came to South Africa only several hundred years ago, conquered and oppressed the actual native people, all while claiming that it was their homeland.
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2023
Not so. The Boers only came into conflict with other peoples once they trekked east. The Western Cape had a few nomadic peoples (Koi-San) but no recognised settled groups. The original Boers purchased land and cultivated it (no oppression), all long before the state of South Africa was created, making them indigenous to the state.

Interestingly, how many years would it take for you to call a people indigenous? The Maoris have only been in New Zealand a few hundred years, would you challenge their status as indigenous?

Thanks for playing.

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Level 72
Jan 25, 2023
Obviously all ethnic groups who settled somewhere came from somewhere else. Otherwise we'd all be huddled tight together in the Horn of Africa. But Maoris reached NZ a good 400 years before the Boers got to Cape of Good Hope. You also can't really add a caveat for recent diasporas, specifically pointing out Irish people going to America (started in the 1630s) and then accepting the Boer settlements (1652) as correct.
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Level 65
Jan 26, 2023
The difference is that the Irish for the most part went to join a nation that had already formed and did not form a new distinct ethnic group in the USA.

However the Boer did form a new and distinct ethnicity (with its own new language) once settling in southern Africa. The Boers are not a diaspora of Dutch. They were the first settlers of the land they came too.

Thanks for playing.

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Level 73
Jan 28, 2023
Quite obvious now that you were trying to make a political point about the Boers when you made this quiz.
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Level 65
Jan 30, 2023
I suppose all of these answers could be disputed by someone. But no, there was no political point being made by any of these. Thanks for playing!
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Level 85
Jan 22, 2023
Boer is a Dutch word. Says Wikipedia: "Boers are the descendants of the Dutch-speaking Free Burghers of the eastern Cape frontier in Southern Africa during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries."

Not indigenous.

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Level 65
Jan 23, 2023
Yes they are indigenous according to this quiz because they were to first people to inhabit the Western Cape as a distinct people group.

The Boers are a distinct people from the Dutch which formed once they settled in the southern Africa. If you go back far enough all of these people groups descended from someone (usually in prehistory). Being indigenous is not a binary "either or". A people group can be more or less indigenous than another. This quiz is not making any claim that a specific group is the MOST indigenous in that given area.

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Level 65
Jan 23, 2023
The Boers are indigenous according to this quiz because they predate the modern state of South Africa and were the first people to leave any historical record in the Western Cape. There would have been some Koi-san people in the area at the time but we have no evidence of them forming a distinct people group in this area. The Zulu, Xhosa and other tribes arrived slightly later from the east.
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Level 70
Jan 22, 2023
At the very least Boer is an ... interesting choice for an indigenous group in South Africa. Personally I would think that going with either Zulu or Xhosa would make more sense and be less controversial. Also I could be wrong but my understanding was that the term "aborigine" is often considered to be offensive so I would suggest changing it.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2023
no the Xhosa and Zulu migrated into the Western Cape at the same time the Boers did or actually slightly after.
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Level 85
Jan 22, 2023
You should rethink the order. I got Tuareg while typing the answer for Yoruba, above it. Because, as they say on Sesame Street, "You can't spell Nigeria without Niger"!
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2023
good idea thanks!
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Level 65
Jan 22, 2023
Would very much argue against Anglo-Saxons being used for Britain, considering they were from areas in Germany and Denmark. Would personally have used the Welsh, Cornish, Picts, Manx etc.
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Level 85
Jan 22, 2023
Or Celts generally.
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2023
The Anglo-Saxons (English) have been in the UK over 1000 years. That is longer than the Maoris in New Zealand. This is not to say that Celtic people are not also an indigenous group. A modern area can have more than one indigenous people. e.g. the Cherokee are not the exclusive indigenous people of the modern USA.
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Level 85
Jan 23, 2023
Great quiz. Might allow for Sweden or Finland with "Sami", agree with your points about the Boers and South Africa.
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2023
currently there are more Sami people in Norway than Sweden or Finland (according to good ol' Wikipedia). Of course this might change in future. thanks for playing