Windians, also Wannabe Indians or White Indians, are cranks of European ancestry in the United States who attempt to hijack Native American identity, as part of a political self-contradulatory persecution narrative. When they say "Native American", they mean an Indigenous American tribe within the USA, rather than those tribes in Latin America as in Latin America, they had dictators like José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia that forced people to race mix to destroy their previous cultural and ethnic identities and most people in Latin America are mixed. Mestizos are really common and not considered special. While some white people do have ancesty from a Native American tribe, there is a tradition of Amerindophilia; interest in or respect for Native American culture (sometimes all Indigenous American); the "Wannabe Indian" political scheme developed in the 1960s, where some Marxists infiltrated Native American groups and passed themselves off as having some ancestry from a US Amerindian tribe, usually to promote extreme critical race theory, communism and fabricate history.
Cherokee is the most common tribe because the people who did this usually don't know of any other tribe. Parents made it up generations ago and told their kids who told their kids and so on. Part of it is ethno-masochism and part of it is that claiming part nonwhite ancestry is protection from europhobia.
Rise of the professional windian
During the 1960s, some Marxists and Jews more widely attempted to create a strategy of racial-conflict or warfare in the United States; with the likes of John Pepper and others specifically stating "class war" and "race war" are the same thing in a US-context. The goal of this Cultural Marxism is to break down society and replace it with an Orwellian police state similar to the former Soviet Union. The nexus of this came to be known as the "civil rights movement."
The same strategy was developed in relation to Amerindians with groups like the American Indian Movement, as it was with Black Africans (Black Panthers) or Mexicans (Brown Berets); though to a less significant extent. Again these are Amerindian tribes in the USA, "Native Americans". In Latin America, they genocided their Amerindian population through miscegenation, often forced by law like in Paraguay.
Another Jewish-Marxist arm, Hollywood, also made a lot of movies promoting Native Americans. Hollywood promotes them as extremely spiritual, environmentalists, and basically the exact same way JRR Tolkien portrays elves. They just replaced elves with Native Americans, similar to how the 2009 film Avatar replaced Hollywood-style Native Americans with an alien species. Hollywood then changed the narrative of elves from a powerful group to an oppressed group, added in Native American things like hunting buffalo and churned this out endlessly. Living in complete harmony with nature is a fantasy because nature is full of parasites, but white people ate this fantasy up. A common aspect is going native such as in Dances with Wolves where white people reject their white community and switch sides, which is a common theme in film.
There is a famous environmental speech that starts out, "How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us." It was falsely attributed to Chief Seattle and falsely dated to 1854. In reality screenwriter Ted Perry wrote it in 1971. Chief Seattle never said "I have seen a thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot them from a passing train." because there were no bison within 600 miles of the chief's home on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, and trains to the West were years away.
Then Native American groups complained about sports teams named in honor of them like the Atlanta Braves and Washington Redskins. They considered it offensive and cultural appropriation to have a bunch of non-Native-Americans playing sports using depictions of them. There still are sports teams in the USA like Boston Celtics and Notre Dame Fighting Irish where a bunch of black people play sports with teams using mascots of white people.
The Native American pride movement attracted charlatans who pretended to be Native Americans to promote their Marxist political views; most famously Ward Churchill. These people claim to be Native Americans, that is from a tribe within the USA. If they said, "I'm part Mexican/latino/hispanic" then they get no cultural credit--it has to be within the USA.
South Park episode A History Channel Thanksgiving gives an example, a "real live Native American" is a blonde-haired man with a Polish last name who claims to be 1/16th Cherokee and fully identifies as Native American. The show later finds he has no Amerindian ancestry.
Ward Churchill appears to be almost all European ancestry, yet he claims to have part Indigenous American ancestry from a tribe within the USA (aka. Native American). He identifies as Native American and takes on the appearance as one--the appearance as a modern one (modern clothes with Native American affiliations), not one hundreds of years ago (feathered headdress). He also tries to stay tan. However DNA tests have failed to find Indigenous American ancestry. Much like Transrachel, he has done activism for the race that he identifies with and has worked in jobs based on identifying as that race. He also invented the Smallpox blankets hoax.
Andrea Smith is a leading Native American studies scholar and activist and an associate professor at University of California, Riverside of American Culture and Women's Studies. She also is the co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations and she works to stop violence against Native American women. (Groups meant to stop violence typically focus on women and rarely on men because of female privilege.) The problem is she's claimed to be from the Native American tribe Cherokee, without being enrolled in any Cherokee tribe and uses this professionally in her career and in books she writes about Native Americans. While she is a big supporter of Native Americans and works to help them, there is no evidence that she is of Cherokee ancestry or any Indigenous American tribe. In 2008, Native lawyer Steve Russell (Cherokee Nation) publicly accused Smith of "ethnic fraud". In 2015, someone made an anonymous Tumblr blog listing a chronology of book and conference biographies of Smith that make reference to a Cherokee ancestry and there were a lot.
Elizabeth Warren (aka. Pocahontas) is a US Senator and used to be a professor. From 1986 to 1995, she had listed herself as Native American in the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) directories. She does not identify as Native Americant though and has mostly stopped. But in 2014 she repeated the claims again in a new book, A Fighting Chance.
In the 1970s and 1980s, professional wrestling had white people as characters like Chief Jay Strongbow, Professor Toru Tanaka, the Iron Sheik, and more. Although the Amerindians in professional wrestling were fake, professional wrestling itself is fake. And a lot of scripted entertainment had fake Amerindians.
Christian Weston Chandler (nicknames Chris-chan and Christine) is famous as an internet comedic sensation and for being the world's first brony. He claims to be part Cherokee, which as mentioned previously, is the stock Native American tribe used because most Americans don't know the names of other tribes. This unproven claim came from his late father who claimed to be 1/4th Cherokee, however based on photos, particularly when he was young, he looks only British & German. Chris himself frequently brings up this alleged ancestry despite creating artwork that demonstrates unfamiliarity with Native Americans.
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- http://www.hulu.com/watch/298625 South Park: A Real, Live Native American
- 2004 DNA Test Confirms That Ward Churchill Has No Indian Ancestry
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