European Ethnicities in Danger of Extinction

Aug 2011
1,152
KSA
So far I heard a few such as [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sami_people"]Lapps or Sami people[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aragonese_language"]Aragoneses[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vepsians"]Vepsians(nearly extincted)[/ame] and [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Setos"]Setos[/ame]. Any other you know, we can share and discuss here...
 

Robert165

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Jan 2010
4,266
North Georgia
i predict, a 1000 years from now "normal" ethnic minorities will be gone
you'll only be baclk/white/asian etc
if you were eningeered to be so....
 

Earl_of_Rochester

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Feb 2011
13,609
Perambulating in St James' Park
Isn't it a little ridiculous to suggest 'ethnic' clans exist in Europe? Especially Spain. Are they trying to claim that their entire ancestry can be traced back unblemished for 1000 years? Even then they'd still have another 1000 years of Roman, Greek, Gothic and Persian bloodlines to contend with.

EoR
 

Sargon of Akkad

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Jun 2009
6,987
Glorious England
Why is it that its perfectly acceptable to think of non-Europeans as having ethnicities, but not for Europeans?
 
Aug 2011
1,152
KSA
i predict, a 1000 years from now "normal" ethnic minorities will be gone
you'll only be baclk/white/asian etc
if you were eningeered to be so....
I believe there always be group of people who try to preserve their customs, language and religion. Maybe in furure today what we call Russian will subject to extinction.
Here is website with photos showing the customs of Seto people;
http://setofoto.wordpress.com/
 

Ri Fhionngaill

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Apr 2010
2,597
Loch na Seilg, Alba
Speaking as a member of one of these 'ethnicities' I can say that there are thousands of them, and most of the people involved put their livelihoods first and their language second. That's why activist attempts to 'restore' languages often fail: the people who speak them don't care.

Fortunately, with Gaelic this generation is more confident than the last. They don't have the cherished memories of being beaten up at school for speaking their native tongue. But other European languages without a diaspora to fuel their national pride where the community is not so passionate about their heritage? No: they won't last.
 

Earl_of_Rochester

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Feb 2011
13,609
Perambulating in St James' Park
I'd say they were cultural minorities, not ethnic. There's no way someone's forefathers married people of the same race for over 2000 years, unless they live on Christmas Island (or The Ilse of Sheppey).

In Europe, especially Western Europe, it would be largely impossible because of the great migrations, Roman colonisation, Vikings, Saxons, Goths, Vandals etc etc. Then look at the massive population increase from across Europe with countries of a few hundred thousand in 1700 to millions by the 1900s and the steady movement from country to town. They'd hardly remain with the same people let alone 'racial group'. Not to mention most people can only trace their family tree back a few generations anyway, once you're off the Church records you could be related to anyone.

I'm Count Bohemond of Taranto's great, great, great x 12 grandson by the way.

EoR
 
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clement

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Jun 2011
2,141
California, USA
Is "European" an ethinicity ? Because if it is, we may have an answer to the question.