The term "native" can have many different social and political connotations in different contexts. In some cases it is a neutral, descriptive term, for example, when stating that one is a native of a particular city or that a certain language is one's native language. However, in the context of colonialism—in particular, British colonialism—the term "natives", as applied to the inhabitants of colonies, assumed a disparaging and patronising sense, implying that the people concerned were incapable of taking care of themselves and in need of Europeans to administer their lives; therefore, these people resent the use of the term and consider it insulting, and at present English speakers usually avoid using it. This connotation has also led to controversy over the preference of the terms Native American or American Indians, though this controversy has resulted in either term being acceptable to most American Indians. And in the context of Nativism, in some periods a potent political force, "natives" are defined as a (predominantly white) group deserving of a special privileged position in comparison to immigrants.
"Native" may also refer to:
- Native metal
- Native (comics), a character in the X-Men comics universe
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... Jennifer Nettles, one-half of the country music duo Sugarland, is a native of Douglas ... first baseman and hitting coach for the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox, is a native of Douglas ... a short time while working at a local saw mill.He was a native of Toccoa GA ...
... Ridley Township has been identified as a Native American town site ... Native Americans significantly influenced the built environment through their network of paths laid out for travel and communication purposes ...
... The tensions between native and non-native people in Canada have been high around communities bordering reserves, mainly over competing uses of land ... As the Office of Native Claims had rejected the Mohawk claim on the land three years earlier, his office did not consult the Mohawk on the plans ... Quebec's Ministry of Native Affairs John Ciaccia wrote a letter of support for the natives, stating that "these people have seen their lands disappear ...
... There are many species of Australian native fruits, such as Quandong (native peach), Wattleseed, Muntries / Munthari berry, Illawarra plums, Riberry ...
... Seven species are native to the African continent, while the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar ... Lovebirds have a special dietary requirement for native figs, making them problematic to keep in captivity ...
Famous quotes containing the word native:
“Yet, Saxham, thou within thy gate
Art of thyself so delicate,
So full of native sweets that bless
Thy roof with inward happiness,
As neither from nor to thy store
Winter takes aught, or spring adds more.”
—Thomas Carew (15891639)
“But only that soul can be my friend which I encounter on the line of my own march, that soul to which I do not decline, and which does not decline me, but, native of the same celestial latitude, repeats in its own all my experience.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)
“The air of ones native country is the most healthy air.”
—Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (18601904)