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by Theodore Walker, Jr.
In his book GOD IS RED: A NATIVE VIEW OF RELIGION: SECOND EDITION (Golden, Colorado: North American Press, 1992),
Vine Deloria, Jr.
distinguishes between natural peoples and hybrid peoples (p. 2; and chapter 9--"Natural and Hybrid Peoples," p. 150).
Unlike natural tribal peoples, "hybrid peoples" are cut-off from harmonious relations to nature, and cut-off from harmonious relations to the land.
Being cut-off from harmonious relations to nature (other life/land),
many modern hybrid peoples are unnaturally and oppressively grafted to lands where they have no long-standing mutually nurishing rootage.
The production of hybrid peoples and nations oppressively related to indigenous-aboriginal life, including especially the land, is a characteristic and defining feature of modernity.
In this work, modern hybrid peoples in the Lands of the Eagle and Condor (the Americas) are called "hyphenated-American" peoples.
These modern hybrid peoples are called "hyphenated-American peoples"
on account of the recently common practice of naming them by connecting their land or nation of origin (perhaps Europe, England, Hispanala, Spain, Africa, Asia, etc) with the land to which they are recently grafted
(the Americas) through the use of a hyphen
(hence, the hyphenated terms:
By contrast, the natural peoples traditionally and aboriginally indigenous or native to these lands (the Lands of the Eagle and Condor recently called the Americas) are recently termed "Native American" without need for hyphenation.
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