One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American Indian.
The use of the term redskin is first recorded in the 18th century, translating (via French) a term in the Illinois language meaning literally ‘person with red skin’. The term originally had a neutral meaning and was used by North American Indians themselves, but it eventually acquired an unfavorable connotation. Redskin, like the related terms red man and Red Indian, is now dated or offensive. American Indian, Native American, and (in Canada) First Nations are terms in widespread use for members of the indigenous peoples of North America; nevertheless, it is preferable, where possible, to name the specific people. See also American Indian
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