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- proper n. Plural form of American Indian.
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Chinese or North American Indians and the like fit into this picture has not yet been discerned.
His readings had introduced him to the ways of little-noticed peoples: the American Indians and the Ainus of Japan, the Todas of the Nilgiri hills and the bushmen of Australia.
Whether the peasant population would equal in average intelligence a band of North American Indians or a tribe of native New Zealanders is very doubtful, for in such peoples natural selection for intelligence was undoubtedly severe because of their intense struggle with nature and with other tribes, unaided by the accumulated knowledge and tools of civilized communities.
Mr. Washington Matthews says that the North American Indians express astonishment by a groan; and the negroes on the West Coast of Africa, according to Mr. Winwood Reade, protrude their lips, and make a sound like heigh, heigh.
An early illustration of this type of investigation was Wissler’s (1914, 1923) study of the diffusion of horses from Spanish explorers to American Indian tribes in the West (see Chapter 5), and the spread of corn growing from the American Indians to European settlers.