I work at a Native-American owned company, and one of the things I love is the paradigm shift that occurs here, where white is NOT the norm and shouldn't be.
My coworker, who happens to be part Navajo and part Cochiti, sent me this Top 10 List of Things Native people should say or ask white folks. It's funny because it's true!
- How much white are you?
- I'm part white myself, you know.
- I learned all your people's ways in the Boy Scouts.
- My great-great-grandmother was a full-blooded white American Princess..
- Funny, you don't look white.
- Where's your powdered wig and knickers?
- Do you live in a covered wagon?
- What's the meaning behind the square dance?
- What's your feeling about Las Vegas casinos? Do they really help your people, or are they just a short-term fix?
- Hey, can I take your picture?
(This also reminds me of a similar list of things people ask when you say you're from New Mexico... Maybe I'll share that next Friday!)