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Red Man - A name first applied to the Beothuk Indians of newfoundland because they colored their bodies, utensils, and  weapons with red ocher.  Sebastian Cabot, the English navigator, on discovering Newfoundland, mentioned "people painted with red ocher."  Other writers later commented on this and soon the name Beothuk was translated by the white man as "Red indian," or "Red Man."  The Beothuk actually were light brown in color.
 
 

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