Update: Yes, A ‘Redskin’ Does, In Fact, Mean the Scalped Head of a Native American, Sold, Like a Pelt, for Cash Redskins refers to scalping forex have claimed that our story about the etymology of “Redskin” was wrong. This document from 1863 proves otherwise. Above is an excerpt from The Daily Republican newspaper in Winona, Minnesota from Sept.
200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth. Many challenge what the term “redskin” means to Native Americans. I heard from a lot of them yesterday about a piece detailing how the term has affected my life as a Native American. A few cited a study written by Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard that makes the case that the word did not begin as an insult.
I’m really not that interested in where the word comes from,” Gover said. I know how it was used. And it’s been used in a disparaging way for at least a couple of centuries. Up to and including the time I was growing up in Oklahoma. What is germane to the conversation? The fact remains that to many Native Americans, the term “redskin” has long meant the act of our ancestor’s scalps being collected for bounty. The kind of bounty that was referenced above.
The kind of bounty that was referenced in the 1755 Phips Proclamation. In terms of etymology, words change and meanings evolve. Fag, for instance, was once the accepted spelling for a cigarette throughout most of Europe. Now it’s a common gay slur. Wetback, a Latino editor told me yesterday, was once a common term in headlines, but no longer.