Native Dictionary




Commodify (kah MOD if eye)... uncanny ability of Indian women to convert the ingredients of any standard cookbook recipe to commodity ingredients such as powered milk, powered eggs and canned meat.

Powwowvow (pow wow vow)... the standard pledge of the pow-wow Romeo:"Sure, baby, I'll meet you at the next pow-wow. You're the only jingle dress dancer for me. Really! Look at this face. Would I lie?"

Moccashoe (Mock ah shoe)... contemporary dancer footwear designed by beading the top of tennis shoes or aquasocks instead of making moccasins the old-fashion way.

Skinship (SKIN-ship)... the eventual relative connection that all Indian people, discover within 10 minutes of meeting each other.

Indinferior (IN din FEER ee your)... a manifestation of self-oppression; the practice of Indians looking down on other Indians for not speaking the language, not being full-blood, not participating in ceremonies, not living on the rez, not wearing braids, not dancing in pow-wows or not having...,etc., blah-blah.

DIAsease (DEE EYE AY seez)... an affliction within the Department of Indian Affairs characterized by the inability to keep track of millions of dollars.

Snaggravated (SNAG ra vayt ed)... the annoying feeling one gets upon realizing that last night's snag isn't quite as hot in the light of day.

Triballistic (tribal ISS tik)... to become irrational and incoherent upon hearing the latest self-serving, short-sighted and illogical decision made by the local tribal council.

Rezercize (REZ er size)... the involuntary health regime of walking everywhere on the rez since your Indian car broke down for good.

Fordrum (FORD drum)... the instrument used for singing purposes when a regular drum is not available; usually the dented hood of a one-eyed Ford.

Frybreadth (FRY bredth)... a unit of measurement based on the standard size of a piece of auntie's frybread.

AlterNative (alter NAY TIV)... an individual who was born and raised in the non-Indian culture but recently "discovered" a "hidden" Indian ancestor so now uses pithy Indian phrases, assumes a name such as Laughing Rainbow or White Wolf, calls all Indian people Brother and Sister and wears genuine Hong Kong beadwork; usually found in the East and West coast region but had documented sighting in other regions as well.

Councilmenopause (cown sil MEN oh paws)... a disorder characterized by hot flashes, profuse sweating, impairment of speech and loss of memory; normally occurs only to tribal councilmen when cornered by a constituent.

Disunderstanding (DISS under stand ing)... when non-Indians think that they understand why tribes and individual Indians are the way they are, but attribute any and all behavior to the culture or the race.

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