Manifest Destiny and the Dances with Wolves

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Manifest Destiny was an idea that America should take all the land and spread its blessings of Democracy. In this film “Dances with Wolves” you see how this idea affected the Native Americans. A stereotype was put on all Indians. They were thought of as violent and beggars and thieves. One tribe the Pawnee did fit this description and attacked white settlers. John Dunbar, an American soldier, was sent by the government to communicate with the Indians. While communicating with the Lakota tribe he discovers the true man he is. Dunbar admires the tribe and their many qualities and all the cultural differences. Even Though many cultural differences stood between John Dunbar and the Lakota tribe they communicated, compared differences and assimilated to be like one another.

A language barrier between two people can be quite a challenge. It can be very frustrating to understand the other person. Misunderstandings are always a possibility. Things could be interpreted as a threat or an insult. For example, when John Dunbar brings Stands with a Fist home all bloody, could be misunderstood. The tribe could have thought that he hurt her. Communicating is not impossible though. In the movie Dunbar acted with hospitality and invited Kicking Bird and Wind in his Hair to sit. The first word that was understood was buffalo. Dunbar acted like a buffalo and they understood. “Tatonka”, buffalo was the start of communication and a relationship. With more and more visits they would trade for example Dunbar would expose them to coffee and sugar. Later in the film, Stands with a Fist became a translator.

Cultural differences were apparent in the film. even though he was smart he did not like the indians. He refused to speak to them and wanted them dead. hahahahaDunbar lived alone and the Indians live communally. A big difference was how one another accepted each other. Both were scared, tested boundaries and how close they could get. The chief, Ten Bears, thought that the tribe...
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