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1st Oct '17 2:56:44 PM CaptEquinox
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* A middle-aged couple traveling through New Mexico were in a cafe and couple of Zuni nearby overheard them talking about becoming forgetful with age. The younger one said "Getting old doesn't have to mean you lose your memory. My great-grandpa is close to 100 and he remembers everything. Just ask him." So the husband says "What did you have for breakfast on this day in 1944?" The old guy says "Bacon and Eggs." Twenty years later, the couple stop at the same cafe and Grandpa is still sitting there. So the husband goes up to his table and says "How!" And Grandpa says "Fried."
* "How" or "Howgh" actually is an Indian word. It's usually more properly written "Hou". It may have started as a word of greeting and "yes" in Creek, spreading to other tribes they traded with, which is how the Lakotah picked it up (they would have said "ho"). Anglo visitors would have heard "how" a lot in council meetings as people agreed with the speaker, like "hear hear!" "Ugh" probably started as a bad transcription of listeners muttering "how". In some places "how" was used ''by'' the speaker to mean "this concludes my statement."
8th Sep '17 4:46:22 AM chelonianmobile
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* Aubrey's aborted attempt to make Native American-themed porn in ''SomethingPositive'' involves her obviously white friends dressing up in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskin and speaking like this, while using the stage names Princess Takes-It-Like-Doe and Chief Thrusting Bull. "Sweet Tonto! Your tomahawk is wampum big!" Jhim says that if it gets released none of them will ever be able to walk into a casino again.

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* Aubrey's aborted attempt to make Native American-themed porn in ''SomethingPositive'' involves her obviously white friends dressing up in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskin BraidsBeadsAndBuckskins and speaking like this, while using the stage names Princess Takes-It-Like-Doe and Chief Thrusting Bull. "Sweet Tonto! Your tomahawk is wampum big!" Jhim says that if it gets released none of them will ever be able to walk into a casino again.
8th Sep '17 4:45:49 AM chelonianmobile
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* Aubrey's aborted attempt to make Native American-themed porn in ''SomethingPositive'' involves her obviously white friends dressing up in BraidsBeadsAndBuckskin and speaking like this, while using the stage names Princess Takes-It-Like-Doe and Chief Thrusting Bull. "Sweet Tonto! Your tomahawk is wampum big!" Jhim says that if it gets released none of them will ever be able to walk into a casino again.
6th Sep '17 3:28:09 PM chelonianmobile
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* Inexplicably, the Sparra tribe, otherwise entirely based on English sparrows, speak this way in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', with the additional use of the word "worm" to mean either "food", "anyone that's not a sparrow", or "anything the sparrow dislikes". Probably why they didn't show up again after ''Mattimeo'', when it became less acceptable to use this trope.

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* Inexplicably, the Sparra tribe, otherwise entirely based on English sparrows, speak this way in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', with the additional use of the word "worm" to mean either "food", "anyone that's not a sparrow", or "anything the sparrow dislikes". Probably why they didn't show up again after ''Mattimeo'', when it became less acceptable to use this trope. They are perfectly smart, though.
30th Aug '17 9:24:32 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''. The Comanche chief [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Ten Bears]] [[note]]played by Will Sampson, also known for ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' and ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide''[[/note]] does tend towards whimsical turns of phrase, and his English is a bit stilted, but he sounds like someone who has learned a second language as an adult rather than a caricature. He even manages to get one over on Josey.
--> Josey: You be Ten Bears?
--> Ten Bears: I ''am'' Ten Bears.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''. The Comanche chief [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Ten Bears]] [[note]]played by Will Sampson, also known for ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' and ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide''[[/note]] does tend towards whimsical turns of phrase, and his English is a bit stilted, but he sounds like someone who has learned a second language as an adult rather than a caricature. He even manages to get one over on Josey.
--> Josey:
Josey:
-->'''Josey:'''
You be Ten Bears?
--> Ten Bears: -->'''Ten Bears:''' I ''am'' Ten Bears.
30th Aug '17 9:23:41 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''. The Comanche chief Ten Bears does tend towards whimsical turns of phrase, and his English is a bit stilted, but he sounds like someone who has learned a second language as an adult rather than a caricature. He even manages to get one over on Josey.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''. The Comanche chief [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Ten Bears Bears]] [[note]]played by Will Sampson, also known for ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' and ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide''[[/note]] does tend towards whimsical turns of phrase, and his English is a bit stilted, but he sounds like someone who has learned a second language as an adult rather than a caricature. He even manages to get one over on Josey.
28th Jul '17 10:09:13 PM Unicorndance
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* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'': the character Big Chief Tiny Head, a villain and more a parody of the stereotypes than an actual Native American, speaks like this.
9th Jun '17 12:53:24 PM BattleMaster
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** Chief Scalpem, who is an obvious Native American, also speaks this way, saying "Me ready for Powwow," and "Me Powwowed out" before and after his boss fight, respectively.

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** Chief Scalpem, who is an obvious Native American, also speaks this way, saying "Me ready for Powwow," and "Me Powwowed out" before and after his boss fight, respectively. His sister, who appears after he's defeated to beg the main characters not to kill him, speaks perfect English, however.
3rd Apr '17 3:56:18 PM WillKeaton
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* Spoofed in the Creator/MontyPython sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a54Ch8-7g6I "Red Indian in Theatre"]]. "She fine actress... she make interpretation heap subtle."

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* Spoofed in the Creator/MontyPython sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a54Ch8-7g6I "Red Indian in Theatre"]]. Theatre."]] "She fine actress... she make interpretation heap subtle."
3rd Apr '17 3:55:05 PM WillKeaton
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A variation of YouNoTakeCandle, but one which applies specifically to Native Americans. For decades (if not centuries) American Indians were portrayed in fiction speaking a form of broken English characterised by the phrases "heap big", "ugh" and "how", and verbs conjugated with "um". Trains are referred to as "iron horses", white people as "palefaces" (who speak with forked tongue), a baby as a "papoose", the tribal leader as "Big Chief", money as "wampum" and whiskey as "firewater"[[note]]in Spanish -in humoristic depictions- there's something similar too (the YouNoTakeCandle style), with them conjugating verbs just in infinitive as well as knowing stuff as trains or whiskey as mentioned before[[/note]].

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A variation of YouNoTakeCandle, but one which applies specifically to Native Americans. For decades (if not centuries) American Indians were portrayed in fiction speaking a form of broken English characterised by the phrases "heap big", "ugh" and "how", and verbs conjugated with "um". Trains are referred to as "iron horses", white people as "palefaces" (who speak with forked tongue), a baby as a "papoose", the tribal leader as "Big Chief", money as "wampum" and whiskey as "firewater"[[note]]in "firewater."[[note]]In Spanish -in humoristic depictions- there's something similar too (the YouNoTakeCandle style), with them conjugating verbs just in infinitive as well as knowing stuff as trains or whiskey as mentioned before[[/note]].
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