My friend wants to be Louis L'amour
October 26, 2006 5:51 PM   Subscribe

A friend of mine is writing a novel set in the old west a la spaghetti western style.

He is looking for an Indian word for a white woman that has been taken as a slave by the Comanche tribe. The word would be used by white people as a derogatory term instead of using the woman's name. Any ideas?
posted by hollygoheavy to Society & Culture (2 answers total)
How about just using squaw? If they're settlers being derogatory, they might not go in for linguistic subtlety.
posted by juliarothbort at 7:42 PM on October 26, 2006

I would suggest your friend watch The Searchers and take note of the jargon used in it. That's pretty much the ur-text for period racist terms for captured-by-Indians white women.
posted by Dr. Wu at 8:23 PM on October 26, 2006

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