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Old 07-30-2010, 12:08 AM
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I've heard a lot of criticism that Avatar, in the tradition of Dances with Wolves, is a white man's fantasy about race, not a story that would please real Native Americans. So I'd like to ask what ethnic group you all were born to and raised in. Um, how do you make a poll on this site? For the record, my Mom is Jewish, my Dad is Greek, though who knows what other ancestors I might have.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:20 AM
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Well, I'm white. But, my dad has Irish. And my mom German and Cherokee. That's all I know.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:35 AM
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It's strange how there're tons of examples of native peoples (not necessarily native American) who watched and thoroughly enjoyed the film. So... Weird how people would say this was something native Americans wouldn't like..

But anyway, I'm half Iranian (father's side), half American (my mom's from Illinois; she's very pale-skinned). Some people mistake me for being Jewish because of my moderate skin tone and curly hair.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:21 AM
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My mum's Australian, and my Dad's welsh, but with polish heritage. Explains my last name.

Strangely enough, I have a British accent.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:01 AM
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It's strange how there're tons of examples of native peoples (not necessarily native American) who watched and thoroughly enjoyed the film. So... Weird how people would say this was something native Americans wouldn't like..
Whoops, my mistake. Growing up in America that's what I know. Though Dances with Wolves, and others in that vein, do specifically involve the folks Columbus mistakenly dubbed "Indians" (and then proceeded to exterminate the first ones he found, the Arawak).

I'm glad that despite the Mighty Whitey plotline, this movie does portray natives in a way that some natives themselves approve of.

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Old 07-30-2010, 02:11 AM
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Well, I'm white. But, my dad has Irish. And my mom German and Cherokee. That's all I know.
My cousin has Cherokee blood. Not my part of the family, though. Y'know, a quarter is enough for tribal membership, if you want it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:21 AM
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My father's side: German and Dutch
My mother's side: Spanish, Basque, and Apache
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:20 AM
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My mother's side: German
My dad's side: Jewish
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:52 AM
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I'm white and know hardly anything about my ancestry. Real interesting, huh?
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:09 AM
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a white man's fantasy
...where the white man loses? That's a sh*t fantasy.

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I'm white and know hardly anything about my ancestry.
Yeah, pretty much this.
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:19 AM
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I am part Hungarian[moms side], part Irish[dads side]
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:53 AM
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I'm a mixture of various European ethnicities. I know what they all are, but I've never felt a strong familial connection to any of them.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:59 AM
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Mom's Irish, Dad's Irish, me's Irish.

Though there's a bit of Viking on my mom's side. Weird.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:03 AM
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Parents are Spanish, my mother from the Basque country. But my first surname is Berber (a ethnic group from the Magreb, North Africa), old heritage from the times of the Reconquista -13th century.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:52 AM
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My mother was Omaticaya...
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