On Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:30:29 -0600 George Corley <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > In the US, they are often termed Native Americans or American > Indians, or Amerindians in more technical contexts. Canada > officially uses First Nations, though I think more specific terms > like Inuit and Aleut tend to be more common as you get into the far > northern tribes. And the usual Spanish term is _indígena_ > "indigenous", though _indio_ also appears. As I understand it, the Mexican fault-line is linguistic. If your L1 isn't Spanish, you're an indio. If it is, you're a mestizo, no matter how hard-pressed you'd be to trace a Spanish ancestor. It occurred to me the other day that almost all of those whom yanks/gringos (if am I allowed to use such terms) call "hispanics" are actually mestizos, and hence Native Americans. The immigration is really the indigenous inhabitants taking their land back!