The Nacierma Tribe

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The Nacirema Tribe
By Edgar A. Maceo
September 2008

The article that I read is called “Body Ritual Among the Nacierma”. The Nacierma is a North American Group living in the territory between the Canadian Cree, the Yaqui and Tarahumare of Mexico. My first thought was, wow, I never heard of this tribe before, and they are North American. As I continued to read this article, I became more fascinated by it and wondered, how come I’ve never heard of this tribe. They appear to be a lot like us or us like them, and we as a society have seemed to have used their ways to this day. I continued to read, and the more I read, the more confusing it became. The author speaks of things that this tribe do in their day to day lives in a prehistoric kind of way, but the similarities are just way to coincidental to our way of life. I asked myself, is this what we used to develop ourselves with? I mean is this the basis we have come to utilize our way of life? As I continued to read, I wonder how it is that no one I know has never spoke of such a tribe. The article speaks of things such as, Body Ritual and how the Nacierma Tribe thought of their bodies as ugly. Well, that sounds amazingly how most if not all people today think of their bodies. We use rituals as going to the gym, running, eating right to get that perfect body. Some people have great bodies and still are not satisfied with themselves, and take their rituals to some extreme levels. The article speaks of shrines that the Nacierma use in the rituals of their bodies. Now, this confused me a bit until I read the part where it says “the focal point of the shrine is a box or chest which is built into the wall”. “In this chest are kept the many charms and magical potions without which no native believes he could live. These preparations are secured from a variety of specialized practitioners. The most powerful of these are the medicine men, whose assistance must be rewarded with substantial gifts. However, the medicine...
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