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    Quote Originally Posted by TheForeigner View Post
    Is Amerindian cultural influence strong or does it exist outside the Amerindian communities themselves?
    Predominant European Latin, but different from the Europe that lives in this way for centuries. Therefore, in Latin America in general it is not 100%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mingle View Post
    It's an ethnolinguistic term similar to "Arab".

    Even if Hispanic/Latino isn't an actual ethnicity, they often congregate together and are for valid reasons grouped together by outsiders. Since they're a significant minority (around 15% or so), they are treated as a separate entity. They also have their own organizations in various colleges and communities across the country.
    Do you think Arabs and Berbers are not real ethnicities anymore either?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samario View Post
    I can't think of any major Native American cultural influence in my country that affects my way of living but maybe in some other countries it's more noticeable (Bolivia, maybe parts of Peru, Guatemala, etc.). The vast majority of Latin Americans speak Spanish, Portuguese and French (Qubec) and the predominant religion is Catholicism.

    Here in Colombia, biggest influence is from Spain, but you can spot Native American elements in some of the dishes (arepa), handicrafts or some city names (a common trait in New World countries), etc.
    Some music genres might have also received influence from Native American or African peoples.

    Regarding language, religion, traditional architecture, etc. the country is just Spanish. It's a Spanish leaning country in terms of ancestry, too.

    As for Qubecois, they speak French and the term Latin America was coined by the French so they are as Latin American as they come. The fact that they are encroached within an Anglo America and that they are developed doesn't change a thing. Some people like to treat Latin America as an ethnicity or a single cultural unit but I don't agree with those. For me, it's just a linguistic term. Qubecois are also predominantly Catholic. Haitians, on the other hand, don't speak French but a creole language with a lot of African loanwords and they practise voodoo.
    Quebec doesn't have much cultural exchange with other Latin-speaking American lands. They would feel much more at home in English-America than in any other Latin-speaking part of America.

    Haitians also speak French and are mainly Catholic.

    Voodoo exists in Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mingle View Post
    Quebec doesn't have much cultural exchange with other Latin-speaking American lands.
    Quebec is similar to Uruguay, a predominant euro immigration region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luc2112 View Post
    Quebec is similar to Uruguay, a predominant euro immigration region.
    Actually it's majority French Canadian and they are overwhelmingly of French colonial stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheForeigner View Post
    Do you think Arabs and Berbers are not real ethnicities anymore either?
    Arabs are comparable to Latin Americans in how they're united by a language across a wide geographical range and racial lines. But Arabs seem to identify as one ethnic group while Latin Americans seem to identify as more of a cultural-linguistic group. I think they're comparable in many ways but still different.

    Amazighs (Berbers) are a separate case. I've always viewed the term "Amazigh" as more of a metaethnos similar to "Semitic" or "Slavic" while viewing their subgroups like Tuaregs or Kabyles as individual ethnic groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luc2112 View Post
    Quebec is similar to Uruguay, a predominant euro immigration region.
    Same applies to the English parts of Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheForeigner View Post
    Do you think Arabs and Berbers are not real ethnicities anymore either?
    Good question, but in this point of view, the Spaniards would not be "Latinos" but Iberian (Celtic-Basque) + Italian Romans. Portuguese have medieval Celtic influence


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    Quote Originally Posted by luc2112 View Post
    Good question, but in this point of view, the Spaniards would not be "Latinos" but Iberian (Celtic-Basque) + Italian Romans. Portuguese have medieval Celtic influence
    Really? How did they get it and from who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mingle View Post
    Quebec doesn't have much cultural exchange with other Latin-speaking American lands. They would feel much more at home in English-America than in any other Latin-speaking part of America.

    Haitians also speak French and are mainly Catholic.

    Voodoo exists in Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries as well.
    It's surrounded by Anglo Americans, but they are part of the greater Latin world in terms of language, religion, etc. and a distinctive nation within Canada (as defined by Canada's federal house of Commons).

    Most Haitians might have a grasp of French but the vehicular language is Haitian creole, which is a French-based language with loads of African influence through words and even grammar. Haitian creole is not even considered a Latin language. On the other hand, voodoo is common place in Haiti whereas syncretic religions are not all that common in Latin America, not to the same extent. Cuba, the one place where a similar syncretic religion is practised, is arguably one of the countries where Spanish heritage is most evident. Cultural differences between Haiti and Dominican Republic are huge let alone the rest of the region.

    It'd be good to have Dominicans' saying in this. I know Dominican Republic and Haiti are worlds apart from a cultural standpoint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mingle View Post
    Arabs are comparable to Latin Americans in how they're united by a language across a wide geographical range and racial lines. But Arabs seem to identify as one ethnic group while Latin Americans seem to identify as more of a cultural-linguistic group. I think they're comparable in many ways but still different.

    Amazighs (Berbers) are a separate case. I've always viewed the term "Amazigh" as more of a metaethnos similar to "Semitic" or "Slavic" while viewing their subgroups like Tuaregs or Kabyles as individual ethnic groups.
    Arab and Latin American are both linguistic terms. Bear in mind Arab is not an ethnicity either. You'd expect people on this forum to know this by now. I've got Levantine ancestry, not Arab.

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