AB(s), please tell the roomies that not all “Indians” are drunks nor fools. bet that Elder (drunk or not) was glad to see someone regardless of skin color or gender with the necessary tools to protect him and his; especially on a poor rez.
jokes are fine, in a controlled audience; we are all guilty about forgetting our “audience” slop-over. unfortunately in many western states Indians are still considered varmints by the local Anglo population.
as you pointed out to me long ago: never know who reads posts on this site…. someday Nerd may find herself on a fireline working next to some Indian crew who will save her bacon.
(ok to pass my comments on to her privately if you choose not to post it in the Family room. Considering Nerd’s non-native status and age group, I’m surprised she didn’t call that Elder a “Native American” or “American Indian” to be closer to today’s PC confusion about the “correct” term)… can’t wait to tell my INDIAN Elders this story…… they will shake their heads, and hopefully laugh