Now, granted, there was an undertone of ‘what freaky religion would have classes with actual textbooks’, possibly with the intention of never going anywhere near it. But be that as it may, I didn’t particularly feel like saying “I’m a Witch” (I’ve already freaked one person out from ever speaking to me again with that one).
So I said. “You know the different Native American traditions? Like Lakota and Cherokee?” Good examples, since the local Native American populations here in Minnesota are mostly of those two traditions. Anyway, she nodded, and I said. “Well, I practice Native European.” Which got the usual completely blank look, which was fine. So just to be kind, I said. “Gardnerian.” And conveniently, that meant totally nothing to her.
So until someone comes up with a more obscure term, I’ll keep using “Native European”. It works.