Friday, November 12, 2010

November is Native American/American Indian Heritage Month

Hmmm ... the Census uses the term, "American Indian and Alaska Native Populations", to describe the U.S. population I had thought were called "Native Americans." Wonder when the title reverted to "American Indian?"

November remains American Indian Heritage Month though. Which American president signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as “National American Indian Heritage Month?” President George H.W. Bush in 1990. So there's a bit of modern American history for you.

Representing American Indians from my collection, Mattel's Eskimo Barbie and Mattel's Twilight Jacob pose together. Eskimo Barbie is a favorite -- I love the facial screening for this face sculpt. She's borrowed the little wine dress that belonged to Aoshima/Skynet's No.24, Woman doctorTanaka Miina and a Fashion Fever Navaho-themed belt. Jacob wears his original jeans and sneakers. He believes that having strong abdominal muscles makes up for formal clothes. Thinks, he. Tsk.


AilanthusAltissima said...

Great post! (and I do kind of think that Jacob's abdominal muscles *do* make up for the lack of a shirt!)

D7ana said...

Thanks, Kim!

Ah Jacob's abs ... sigh. Nice. You're right; be a shame to cover them.

Not that I envy him the effort in maintaining that look. Imagine the cheesecakes and chocolates and other goodies he has to turn down. At least, I tell myself that he must be, LOL.

Dolls of Color said...

A month is not enough... they go by so fast and I always miss them... months should have 90 days at least. LOL.

In Australia, we call our first peoples, Aborigines or Indigenous Australians... I find myself referring to the first Americans as Indigenous Americans...

As for Indians... well, Native Americans did come from the massive Asian land mass originally... hmmm (although they look more like Siberian, Central Asians than Indians)

D7ana said...

Thanks for stopping by, Therese! Yes, some months should be 90 days ;-D

Interesting, isn't it, how "first" or "native" people get named/identified by subsequent groups? Shrug.

And I agree that "Native Americans" or "American Indians" resemble Central Asians more than they do Indians at least Indians like Jas Arora.