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Learning About a Culture Different from Our Own Purpose We choose to be culturally literate. We want to be multicultural people. We want our students to be multicultural people. We are articulate about who we are
Seven Characteristics of Culture • History
Seven Characteristics of Culture Ways of Knowing
Seven Characteristics of Culture • Traditions, customs, spirituality
Seven Characteristics of Culture • Relationship to U.S. dominant culture
Seven Characteristics of Culture • Unique skills and behavior
Seven Characteristics of Culture • Cognitive style
Seven Characteristics of Culture • Language and Communication Cherokee: One (Un) Sagwu Two (Deux) Ta'li Three (Trois) Tso'i Four (Quatre) Nvgi Five (Cinq) Hisgi Man (Homme) Asgaya Woman (Femme) Agehya Dog (Chien) Gihli Sun (Soleil) Nvda Moon (Lune) Nvda Water (Eau) Ama • 70+ other Native American languages!
Identity Issues for the American Indian • Changing identification to some other racial category • Being generically “Indian” discounts a specific culture • Individualism and capitalism are alienating to traditional cultural values and ways • Alcoholism, suicide, and homicide are leading causes of death • Static and museum nature for “people of the past” • Invisible contemporary images
20-30 Minute Quick Write • Describe your cultural self. Who are you? What are your characteristics of culture? Refer back to seven characteristics of culture.