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The term Indian can refer to:

  • From or related to India
  • Inhabitants of the Asian country of India; often called Asian Indians to differentiate from American Indians.
  • (archaic) aboriginal people in general,
  • Those aboriginal peoples of the Americas first misidentified by Christopher Columbus who thought that he had reached the East Indies. Sometimes called Red Indians, most U.S. Indians now call themselves Native Americans; or, in Canada First Nations. Actually, these peoples lived in a tribal structure where most tribes had different languages and culture as well as different kinship. The idea of Indians (or Native Americans or First Nations) represents a European point of view. Most of these peoples consider themselves members of a tribe or nation and identify only with the name of their people in their own native language, often a word which just means "the people".
  • People from the West Indies, most of them not aboriginal, but the descendants of slaves, are called West Indians.
  • The term East Indians is sometimes used to refer to the people of the East Indies (Indonesia), as well as those of India.
  • A classic American motorcycle, once defunct, now being manufactured again. See Indian (motorcycle).
  • Indian ink is a carbon based ink.

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