What We Talk About, When We Don’t Talk About Natives
Dia Lacina

The use of the words tribal, primitive, brave and savage are offensive and to reinforce racist and colonialist ideas about indigenous people? Seriously? How is that?
The problem doesn’t lie with the game, I’m sorry, but those words that you find so offensive are merely descriptive of the reality of this world. Here are some definitions for you:

Tribal :

  • adjective : of or characteristic of a tribe or tribes.

Yeah well… They live in tribes so… What should we call it?

Primitive :

  • relating to, denoting, or preserving the character of an early stage in the evolutionary or historical development of something.

They are mainly using spears and bow, wearing animals leather and fur, living in little huts… Of course it could be even more primitive if they were living in caves and had stone weapons, but we are already pretty close.

Brave :

  • adjective : ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.
  • noun : an American Indian warrior.

OK… that one maybe… But even so… What’s so offensive? They are badasses, they kick machines ass and nobody ever thought about them in a bad way. So I don’t believe that would reinforce racist ideas to use that word, but if that is what you want to think, who am I to tell you otherwise?

as for savage… well yeah, depending on how it is used, it can be pretty pejorative, but if we are talking about the Nora tribe, or it’s peoples, I don’t believe this word would apply to them, they are fierce, but not savages.

Anyway, all I want to say is that I think that horizon is a really good game, and that you think a bit too much. Stop thinking that everyone is an intolerant racist A*hole.

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