Why do people think Native Americans are few in numbers?

From real life experience and from being on this forum for many months it seems that many here think native americans are basically defunct. But that is not the case at all. Sure, the indigenous people in the U.S. are low in numbers but not the indigenous of the Americas (big... show more From real life experience and from being on this forum for many months it seems that many here think native americans are basically defunct. But that is not the case at all. Sure, the indigenous people in the U.S. are low in numbers but not the indigenous of the Americas (big difference).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_Amer...

Native Americans applies to people living in South America, North America, and Central America. It's the Americas! So how come people say that native americans are almost extinct when in Mexico they form the second largest population? In Peru, it's the highest population at 45%. In Bolivia it's 60% and Ecuador has about 40%. Central American countries like El Salvador, Guatemala also have substantial native populations.

Why are people confusing native American to native to the U.S.? They're not the same thing.

http://www.native-languages.org/south-am...
http://indian-cultures.com/

It's actually high in numbers compared to some other groups. And don't get indigenous confused with mestizo. Many from Latin America are full-blooded indigenous.
Update: Sydney, some are not aware. When someone posted a similar question, many responded with "native americans only means native to the U.S" or "native mexicans are native to Mexico not the U.S." I've people that actually do think native americans only existed in the U.S.! And I do know that... show more Sydney, some are not aware. When someone posted a similar question, many responded with "native americans only means native to the U.S" or "native mexicans are native to Mexico not the U.S."

I've people that actually do think native americans only existed in the U.S.! And I do know that America is called the U.S. even though it shouldn't be.
Update 2: Chris, when you mention North America are you including Mexico? They have a high population and are in North America.
Update 3: Bree, I know about the massacres but South American indigenous are still alive and have higher number than U.S. indigenous. And in Peru and Bolivia the native cultures are still practiced. It has been mix with Spaniard culture. Also, some still speak indigenous languages.
Update 4: LexDiamond, you are so right. We do have a problem with race. The whole hispanic label has ruined it for us. It's sad though that people would forever be lost with their race and their ancestors.
Update 5: Nish, amerindians and native americans are the same thing! They were all indigenous to the Americas. The definition for native american means any indigenous person in the Americas not the U.S. And mestizo is not amerindian, they are mixed with European. So how is it the same? Aztecs, Mayans, Incans,... show more Nish, amerindians and native americans are the same thing! They were all indigenous to the Americas. The definition for native american means any indigenous person in the Americas not the U.S.

And mestizo is not amerindian, they are mixed with European. So how is it the same?

Aztecs, Mayans, Incans, Guaranis, Choctaw, Seminole, Cree, Taino are all native americans.
Update 6: Nish, they are the same race! How is it not the same people? Sure, there are different customs and languages but that is like saying Africans and black Americans are not the same people. And Peru does call its people native americans so do other South American countries. In many DNA ancestry tests, Native... show more Nish, they are the same race! How is it not the same people? Sure, there are different customs and languages but that is like saying Africans and black Americans are not the same people.

And Peru does call its people native americans so do other South American countries. In many DNA ancestry tests, Native American ancestry applies to ALL indigenous people of the Americas because genetically it's the same race. Why the division when we get down to it, they are one race?
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