Thought For Columbus Day: Was Columbus An Indian? Are Asians Indians?

Previously by David Yeagley:

An American Indian View of Immigration

According to the

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
,
Christopher Columbus was an Indian.

The surreal

global racist definition
of the Museum is that all
“indigenous” peoples of the Americas, including
Pacific Islanders, are properly called “American
Indian.”

Given that

Columbus
thought he was simply on the different side
of the same one-continent world, clearly he was as
indigenous as any other human being—at least in his
mind.

After all, he didn`t know where he was, and he had no
way of knowing the shores he landed on weren`t connected
to the Euro-Afro-Asian continent.

The cartography of his day simply did not portray the
Americas. The world maps of

Vesconte
(ca. 1321),

Bianco
(1436),

Catalan-Este
(ca.1450), and

Leardo
(1452), clearly show the world as one huge
land mass with variously contorted configurations and
some islands. Columbus simply did not know of the
continents
later called the Americas.

The

Vinland Island
, mapped by 13th century

Vikings
, represented what they thought was

another island west of Greenland,
and not much
larger. That was all that had been mapped of the
Americas.

Kirkpatrick Sale`s account of Columbus,

The Conquest of Paradise
(1991), makes no
mention of any of these maps, but only of

Martin Behaim
`s globe,”
the ball over which Benhaim pasted a parchment map of
the world. And that was in 1492. (Benhaim, from Nürnburg,
Germany, had been in Lisbon, Portugal, in the 1480`s.)

Portugal had sent at least eleven missions in to the
Atlantic Ocean between 1431 and 1486; all in search of
more fabled islands. Everyone knew that sailing west did
not mean falling off the edge of the earth. (By the year
1000 AD

Leif Ericsson
had already built huts on the coast of
North America, though thinking it just another island,
like Greenland.)

It seems to me—as a

Comanche Indian
—that today`s politically-correct
racialists are therefore obligated to consider Columbus
an American Indian.

A
more difficult identity problem today concerns the Asian
Indians, the people of the Indus River.

In English, they were first called

Hindu
, after the Persian pronunciation
(adaptation) of the Sanskrit, sindhu, meaning,
“river.”
(The Indus River takes its name from the
Sanskrit.)  

India,

invaded by Muslims
from the west, was called

Hindustan
in the 12th century. A Hindu was also one
who practiced the native religion of the river.  

Today, of course, the word

Hinduism
is reserved for the religion of India and
the people are called Indian.”

However, the first written use of the word “Indian” in
English is in 1566, in John Alday`s translation of
Boaystuau`s

Theatrum mundi,

in which he refers to “an Indian philosopher named
Diphileus”
—a Greek name, no less.

In Spanish, a Latin-based language, the Hindu people
were referred to as Indios probably as early as

the Tartar Relation
, Father John`s account of
Plano Carpini`s 13th century mission to the
Mongols. In Latin, Fr. John uses the word “Indos,”
(plural of Indian).

In any event, Columbus referred to the

people
he met on

San Salvador
as “Indians.” Ever after in the
history of the European development of the Americas, the
indigenous peoples were called Indians. Spanish law
always referred to them as Indians, as did English law.

Certainly, in American law from the

Declaration of Independence
through the

Constitution
, the

indigenous
peoples within the scope of the American
colonies are referred to as Indians.  

The first treaty of the United States federal government
with an indigenous group was with the

Delaware Indians in 1778
. (Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania)


“American Indian”
is the legal term for the indigenous peoples with whom the United
States government had to relate.  This is historical and
unalterable.

However, the presence of

Hindus
(Asian Indians) in

America
is causing great confusion today. With two
million, their population is roughly the same as the

American Indian
. They call themselves “Indian” and
sometimes

“Indian-American.”


American Indians
must not concede. The Hindus cannot have our legal, historical name
here in America.

To the honor of the “indigenous” Columbus, on
this his day, let Asian Indians be called

Hindus
and the

indigenous people of the United States
be called
American Indians.

Columbus` maps clarified the world. The least we can do
is preserve our clear language—if only in American
English.


Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
him
]
is an enrolled member of the


Comanche Nation
,
Elgin, Oklahoma. His articles appear in


TheAmericanEnterprise.com
,


FrontPageMagazine.com
,
and on his own Web site


BadEagle.com
,
and he is a regular speaker for


Young America`s Foundation
.
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include

An American Indian View of Immigration, and

To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of 
Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche.