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Native American

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Native American


Typically refers to the culture of the aboriginal peoples of the western hemisphere, particularly the native peoples of North America, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. It may also be used more broadly to refer to the culture of any native peoples of North America, Central America, South America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species. In usage in the United States, the term "Amerindian" is often used for this broader meaning, with "Native American" reserved for the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. Indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations" to refer to their own communities; they often use it in a broader sense to refer to all indigenous peoples of the Americas.


American, Native

Indians of North America



American Indian

American Indian

Indian (American)


Indian, American

Native Americans


First Nations


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