When I search on the web for something Indian, I expect to find

Results related to India, that’s the only thing that comes to my mind

But I also find references to a culture

That was unfortunately named in error

There is a nomenclature different

Which may more accurately represent

The indigenous people who have lived on the land

Of the American continents, I am trying to understand

Why, in this day and age when we know

Better than Columbus did five centuries ago

That the people who have lived here forever

Have their own names for themselves, “Indians” they were never

They are still called by this arbitrary name

Internet search treats Indian and Native American the same…


Indians are from India, but then I recall

“India” is not an authentic name after all

Western colonizers named my motherland

It’s the only name that the world understands


Official designations remain deeply rooted

In the colonial past, most names are well-suited

To being spelt and pronounced easily

In European languages, evidently…


My internet search would be more fruitful if I did not see

Native American signs when looking for an Indian entity…

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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