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I believe it *has* actually had some limited use in the American contexts, especially maybe in the thick of the hullabaloo over use of the terms Native American and American Indian, but it got drowned out.
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From: Constructed Languages List [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of George Corley [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 4:13 PM
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Subject: Re: OT: Native Americans

On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM, Charles W Brickner <
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> It's too bad that "aborigine" has taken on such a specialized meaning.  It
> might work in the Americas as well.
> Charlie


It's not *that* specialized.  It may be mainly used for indigenous
Australians, but I've heard it used to describe Austronesian tribes in
Taiwan as well.