The term 'Eskimo' was used by the Canadian government in ways that made the term offensive to Canadian natives. There's a different history in Alaska.
(Or, if you are reading an old Jules Verne novel about a captain who tries to get to the north pole, Esquimaux),
means "Eaters of raw meat"
Cherokee myself. Though I wouldn't answer that way on a census.
Entire years of history classes in American schools should focus on Native Americans and all the different, unique tribes and what happened to them. So many lessons there. Instead, we mostly learn about whitewashed American history that starts around the revolution or a little before, and European history that focuses on wars from hundreds of years ago and pointlessly memorized crap like Henry 8's wives. I remember maybe having a couple little units (skimmed over usually) about Native Americans. Maybe a WHOLE chapter in one book on how we wiped them out and cheated them at every turn--if you're lucky. It's so ridiculous.
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