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  • (Kymon speaks in foreign language)

  • - Hello.

  • My name is Kymon Palau.

  • I am half Dene and half Tongan.

  • - My name is Mary Ann Buggs.

  • I'm an enrolled member of the Cahto tribe,

  • and I'm also Cheyenne Arapaho.

  • - I'm Brandy Lewis

  • and I'm a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

  • - Hi, my name is Silas Cleveland.

  • I'm a Eastern Shoshone in American

  • from the Wind River Indian Reservation here in Wyoming.

  • - Today I'm gonna be answering your questions

  • about Native Americans.

  • - [Kymon] Why do people call Native Americans "Indians"?

  • - Well, that's because Christopher Columbus was lost.

  • - If you don't know who he is,

  • that's probably a good thing.

  • - He thought he was in India.

  • And so he called the people that he encountered Indians.

  • - I'm not Indian.

  • I'm not from India.

  • So don't call me Indian please.

  • Thank you.

  • - [Brandy] Do indigenous tribes still exist?

  • - Yes, absolutely.

  • There plenty of tribes out there still today;

  • however, there are many that are not.

  • - There are over 500 unique

  • and different tribes in the United States.

  • - But did you know there are over 300 tribes

  • that are not yet federally recognized.

  • That is over 800 tribes on Turtle Island

  • or what is now the continental US that are here.

  • - Each one has their own language,

  • each one has their own customs.

  • I look forward to a time when everybody understands

  • what being Native American means.

  • What do Native Americans prefer to be called?

  • There are a couple of answers to this.

  • - 'Cause every native person is going

  • to have a different response.

  • - For myself personally,

  • I grew up being called American Indian.

  • I think it's an individual choice.

  • Not everybody,

  • not everybody who's Native American has the same answer.

  • I prefer Native American.

  • - I have a dear friends that they don't

  • like being called Indian.

  • Indian to me, you're probably from India.

  • - I like to be referred to as being Choctaw.

  • That's what I am.

  • I'm a member of the Choctaw Nation.

  • I'm Choctaw woman.

  • - There's so many terms,

  • Aboriginal, First Nations,

  • Native American, native, Indigenous.

  • It's a preference.

  • I know that I personally like to be called Indigenous.

  • I think it's the best term to describe me and my ancestors

  • as the original people of this land.

  • - What do Native Americans believe in?

  • Well, if I was joking,

  • I would say fry bread,

  • but I think that you're referring to like a spiritual,

  • a spiritual beliefs.

  • - And that's, that's gonna be very tribe

  • to tribe individual, individual.

  • - In general,

  • we believe that we are responsible for this land

  • that we were placed in this country to take care of it.

  • I personally have,

  • feel a deep connection to this land

  • and all the creatures and things that are on it.

  • - Because of colonization,

  • forced conversion on my people.

  • We were not allowed to practice our way of life.

  • We were not allowed to speak our language.

  • It was deemed evil, savage, not of God.

  • And if we were to do so,

  • we were either beaten, whipped, or killed.

  • So my people had to conform.

  • We had to adapt in order to survive,

  • which is sad.

  • And over time that religion was instilled.

  • You have natives that are Catholic,

  • you have natives that are Christian,

  • and you have natives that are neither,

  • that are reconnecting,

  • trying to backtrack and learn about our way of life,

  • about our beliefs before they were taken from us.

  • - [Mary] Is Native American an ethnicity?

  • - Yes, I would say so although we speak different languages

  • and we're not all the same.

  • We have that shared appreciation and thankfulness

  • for everything that surrounds us.

  • - I believe that it is an ethnicity.

  • I believe that it is a culture.

  • Native Americans have a rich,

  • and vibrant,

  • and wonderful culture no matter what tribe they are.

  • - Do Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

  • And I think that's, you know,

  • a preference that native people can make for themselves.

  • - I celebrate thanksgiving because that's how I was raised.

  • I think it's a time in general just to be thankful

  • about the life that we have here,

  • but there are many Native Americans who do not celebrate it.

  • - I like the idea of Thanksgiving.

  • I'm all for being thankful giving back

  • and being with friends and family;

  • however, that is romanticized.

  • Thanksgiving is much, much more than that.

  • It is a deep rooted pain,

  • and hurt,

  • and story of colonization,

  • massacre,

  • lies.

  • So for me and my family it is a day of mourning.

  • - My family and we, we don't always do

  • the typical quintessential Thanksgiving dinner.

  • I actually try to do some traditional dishes

  • and incorporate those in our meals

  • and use it as a time for education.

  • - But to me it's still a gathering with family.

  • Definitely not forgetting,

  • keeping the ancestors in mind,

  • always thinking about that,

  • thinking about what they had to go through.

  • - [Kymon] What is a reservation?

  • - It's kind of a sad word really.

  • When I think about reservation.

  • - Reservation is an area

  • that Native Americans were technically given.

  • Which I mean, they were our lands to begin with.

  • - The government, the United States were greedy

  • and lustful for oil, property, and gold.

  • And we were in the way.

  • So they forced us to relocate on to tiny patches of land

  • so far from what was home for us,

  • hoping that we would slowly die off.

  • - Today there are many reservations

  • where there is no running water,

  • where the population is almost entirely in poverty,

  • and where sickness

  • and other things exist that cause harm to our people.

  • The reservation system in America is a tragedy actually.

  • While there is a rich culture in people,

  • it is a stark reminder of how this country has mistreated

  • the Native American population.

  • I hope that we continue to make strides

  • in improving the reservation system.

  • And I invite everybody to look up

  • or google Native American reservations near me

  • and visit one or find out more about one.

  • - Well, I really enjoyed these questions.

  • I'm happy that people are still googling us.

  • People are still curious.

  • - I think I would say to non-native people,

  • spend more time asking questions and listening.

  • - I welcome each and every opportunity

  • that comes along to speak about my people,

  • because I'm very proud of who I am

  • and what my people represent.

  • - I hope you learned something new today.

  • I hope I answered some of your questions.

  • - I'd like to give a shout out

  • to the Wind River Indian Reservation,

  • to the Eastern Shoshone tribe,

  • and the Northern Arapaho who are here too.

  • I love you all and have a blessed day.

  • (upbeat music)

(Kymon speaks in foreign language)

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Indigenous People Answer Commonly Googled Questions About Native Americans

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/20
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