Infobox Ethnic group
group = Half-Breed

caption = Holmes Colbert·Greenwood LeFlore·Quanah Parker
Jim Thorpe

languages = American English Native American languages
religions = Native American Church Protestant Sacred Pipe Kiva Religion Long House Roman Catholic Russian Orthodox
related = Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Native Americans in the United States

Half-breed is a term used to describe anyone who is bi-racial. The term is widely used to describe people of mixed Native American (especially North American) and white European parentage. Métis is a French term for half-breed.


The term is considered an impolite and rude offensive slur by many; however, not acknowledging multi-racial Native Americans is even more offensive.

Further reading

*Hudson, Charles. "Red, White, and Black: Symposium on Indians in the Old South", Southern Anthropological Society, 1971. SBN: 820303089.
* Perdue, Theda. "Mixed Blood Indians", The University of Georgia Press, 2003. ISBN: 082032731X.

ee also

* Anglo-Metis
* Half-caste
* Mixed Race Day
* Half-Breeds
* Mestizo
* Mulatto
* Zambo

External links

* [http://www.texasescapes.com/MurrayMontgomeryLoneStarDiary/The-Half-breed-Savage-Quanah-Parker.htm The Half-breed Savage Quanah Parker]
* [http://www.audioenglish.net/dictionary/half-breed.htm Dictionary definition of half-breed]

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