Cultural Anthropology 101
Instructor: Jonathan Brooks
April 23, 2012
In this essay I hope to educate some of the people that read it about the economic struggles that the Navajo tribe has endured, because of the white men laws and the government being thoughtless. The Navajo have been uprooted and placed on reservations; where the government wanted them. The Navajo have been called the Bedouins of America. They are a large nomad tribe. They live in the New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and `Colorado area. The tribe builds their own homes, but the women are the laborers of their construction crew. In this essay, when it is completed I will give you all the information that you will be able to obtain. How they live, work, worship, and what kind of houses they live in. I will tell you what the kind of houses they live in, what they eat, what they wear, what they do to obtain their income, the attacks that they had to endure, how they worship, what they worship, how they obtain their medicine, why they are in the situation that they are in, and how the government has influenced their culture. The culture they have obtained is the pastoralists, they raised sheep and goats. The, then nomadic tribe had to travel by foot, until 1540, when the horses were introduced into their culture. They used the horses to drive their sheep and goats to new grazing areas. The horses were used to go hunting for their food; used in the tribal wars, and as a means of commerce. Native American Portrait of the Peoples (Duane Champagne) After, the disease ravaged the Navajo they repopulated themselves by welcoming survivors and refuges from other groups. The Navajos lived in smaller groups, and were not as badly affected by diseases that the plains man and the Spaniards, and the Englishmen brought over here.. “The ecological invasion that brought disease and death also brought the means for more abundant life.” The Europeans...
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