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Subject: Re: Aquinnah/ Aquinna
Author: Devonelisa   (Authenticated as Devonelisa)
Date: May 24, 2004 at 2:17:47 AM
Reply to: Re: Aquinnah/ Aquinna by Ky
Please don't use different names Jacks/Ky/Jac - we can all see your authentication number and know it's you and it's against the site rules to adopt multiple personalities.

I'll trust that you know what's used in British Columbia but will reassert that the meaning of the word in it's original tongue has nothing to do with water or 'watering holes' (quaint that). I've yet to encounter a community in North America that was careful about their poaching of Native words or assured of their 'correct' use. Most assume that whatever they themselves think it means is 'correct' enough.

The word 'squaw' is widely used to refer to a Native American woman in North America and Europe. Squaw is actually an Iroquoian word meaning 'penis'. Just because some idiot misunderstands and spreads his misunderstanding far and wide doesn't make it right. When you don't know, fair enough but to continue in an ignorant vein when you know better is folly.

Nevermind, among Natives 'white' has a variety of inofficial and largely incorrect meanings also....;o)


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