Originally Posted by Hajo Flettner
The term native American is used to denote the notion that the Amerindians are somehow more "native" then others. They use the term a long with PC Whites to advance an agenda of victimhood and cultural warfare. If you haven't noted as much you need to pay more attention to what a term actually implies, why it's used and why would someone use rather then identify one's self in a way that actually has some ethnographic meaning.
The fact that other words are used improperly to advance an an ethnic/political agenda doesn't make it any more legitimate.
As to what the various Amerindian tribes smoked other then tobacco i'd say the matter is exceedingly obscure for the simple reason that written evidence is non-existent prior to European colonization and very scarce since that time. The archelogical record is sporatic at best meaning that we simply don't know what smoking mixtures were popular with which tribes to what extent prior colonization. We do know that some of the mixtures in question were highly dangerious and often they were psycotropic.
Hajo, read what I said earlier. It's just easier. I define myself by my personality and my actions not by the name of a group. If someone asks me I can elaborate but I do not find it necessary to educate them as some may call it. I do not let "indian" or "american indian" pass so easily, but Native American is accurate enough and non-offensive enough for me to accept. Frankly amerindian is pretty bad.
There are varying opinions in all groups about how they should be called and what is considered acceptable but it comes down to the individual to determine what they are ok with and what is a problem. No other person can dictate what is right for the individual.
But beyond all of that, this is not a discussion nor a subject that can be settled here and the best option is to just disagree and leave it up to those in question to decide if a fight is necessary.