Why are Indians called native Americans?
- Anonymous9 months agoFavorite Answer
They aren't called that by scholars & the
original inhabitant of this land all died off
as 1st wave natives no longer exist :(
- ObserverLv 79 months ago
It is now considered politically correct.
- Big MamaLv 69 months ago
Because they're the natives of the United States of America. In other places they're called First Nations (Canada) or Pueblos Indígenas (Mexico) or simply Indians, because Columbus thought he was in India in 1492.
- LynnmarieLv 79 months ago
They got here first.
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- Anonymous9 months ago
because they are native to America they are indigenous they’re the ones who found the land simple as that.
- Anonymous9 months ago
Indian is consistent with Roman Latin naming conventions, it comes from the word for Indigenous (genus in / of the area). You can have Indians any where.
India isn't the original name of that country / area. That's an English thing, just like poorly educated people say "Latins" come from south America. The Latins are the people who built the city of Rome (where Christopher Columbus came from).
Native American is government management term, it’s used to separate the indigenous Mexicans (Mesoamericans) from the indigenous US populations ... After all we all know Indios and Injuns are different people, right?
- LitaLv 69 months ago
Because Columbus incorrectly identified indigenous americans as Indians and the name stuck.
- Nite🎯wlLv 69 months ago
Because Indians are native to the Americas.
- RobinLv 79 months ago
indians come from India. the native people are aborigini
- MarlaLv 79 months ago
Native Americans is the correct term. The term "Indians" comes from Columbus, who thought he was going to get to India by sailing westward, and instead stumbled upon the Americas. He thought he had found people from India, hence called the Native Americans he found "Indians". The term stuck.
- CogitoLv 79 months ago
No - Indians come from India.
A long time ago Americans called the indigenous people of America 'Indians' in the mistaken belief that they were in India. However, no-one has called them 'Indians' for a long time now. They're called Native Americans because they, unlike all the white and Mexican settlers and their descendants, were native to North America.