“Culture Paper: American Indian Pride”
December 2. 2012
Survey of Exceptionalities
1. What is the name of this culture?
The name of the culture of people I selected is the American Indians of North American. I did not want to select just one type or subgroup of this culture, but capture a few elements of the people altogether as one whole culture. The four largest tribes of American Indians are Navajo (308,013), Cherokee (285, 476), Sioux (131, 048), and Chippewa (115, 859). These tribes of American Indians are the most indentify by people of this culture - according to the website www.infoplease.com. Each tribe has a special tradition or custom that is passed down from generation to generation, but the three common core themes of American Indians were family, story telling, and ritual dance. (Wikipedia, 2012)
2. What language do the people of this culture speak?
I will continue to discuss American Indians as one whole culture, but will use the Navajo tribe above and explain the native tongue of their people. The Navajo people speak the native language of Navajor. Each tribe had their own native tongue common to the people of that subgroup, but all American Indians shared a common core element of hieroglyphics that told stories of past experiences or explain the existence of mankind. For example, The Navajo had ancient text on the Sacred Mountains, which was described as the Four Sacred Mountain of the Dire. These ancient images could be found on the sides of rocks, where other tribes’ hieroglyphics would be display on teepees. It depended on the American Indians tradition of that certain tribe. (Wikipedia, 2012)
3. Where do they live?
The American Indians lived throughout every inch of land in North America. Some cultures of Indians can even be found as far north as Canada and even south as Mexico. For example the Semipole Indians originally lived in Florida, who still reside primarily there or can be found in Oklahoma today. These people originated from the Creek Indians, who lived in Georgia and Alabama before settling in Florida and merging various tribes through inbreeding of their culture. The name Semipole is a Spanish term meaning “runaway” or “wild one”, when Spanish settlers came to swamps of Florida. (Wikipedia, 2012)
A second example would be the Apache Indians who are related and descendant of the Navajo people mentioned beforehand. They both share a common culture and language, and are considered Apachean by both tribes. The Apachean tribe lived mostly throughout eastern Arizona, northern Mexico, west and southwest Texas to the southern region of Colorado. Before the colonization of North America, the Apachean Indians preferred to shelter and lived in the high mountains, watered valleys, deep canyons and deserts, or the southern religion of the Great Plains. Today, the Apachean Indians can be found in large metropolitan areas of Kansas City to far west as Los Angeles. Some Indians still found residence in reservation camps in Arizona and New Mexico. (Wikipedia, 2012)
4. What is their history?
Life before the contact between American Indians and European cultures. The tribes of North America existed with an intact community and family self-awareness and purpose that included a traditional education system of raising the next generation of Indians. Each tribe lived in relative isolation from other clans and tribes, with most tribes calling themselves in their own language, translated loosely, “the people” or “the true people.” Some tribes were not always indentified as people; rather, they were recognized as a source of contamination or sometimes as a source of trade goods, slaves, different foods, and other ways of life. Each tribal group used a distant linguistic and cultural principle of storytelling or methods to educate their children; all Indian tribes required three common core skills to be mastered before the youth was accepted...
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