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Date Posted: 02:25:53 11/13/16 Sun
Author: Criss crossed
Subject: Re: Should this be written?
In reply to: Just Curious 's message, "Should this be written?" on 05:37:22 11/10/16 Thu

Definitely should have said "native American-style"

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[> [> Re: Should this be written? -- Chairman of the bored, 06:29:52 11/13/16 Sun [1]

Native American is too restrictive (and they prefer to be called Indians anyway, regardless of what clueless white people say about their not being from India) because cross-legged sitting is done the world over.
So, how about, they sat "in a style characterized by nomadic peoples who don't build furniture which they then have to haul around everywhere"?

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[> [> [> Re: Should this be written? -- Geo. Custer, 23:23:43 11/13/16 Sun [1]

Who jumped to the Chief Wahoo conclusion in the first place?

How do we not know that perhaps this posture wasn't inspired by a Hindu Indian meditational ritual? It's all too easy to fall back on stereotypes.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Should this be written? -- Les Moore, 21:05:01 11/17/16 Thu [1]

What, deadline pressure?
Indian style just doesn't move it ahead, hardly a salient detail, though it's a good instinct to get detail.
Instead of this:
"A few players sat at midfield Indian-style, in their uniforms, chatting about the win."
Why not:
Eleven players still in uniform sat at midfield in the afterglow of their big win.
Less can be more. But legwork is everything. What were they saying?
And using Indian anything is a rookie mistake -- you write around anything approaching trouble. It is unclear (East Indian? American Indian?), and it is offensive to some Native Americans. It's like using Chinese fire drill or Mexican standoff. Don't do it. Coulda been worse -- at least he didn't say redskin style.

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