Globalization In Native American Culture

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Ever since the widespread colonization of the Americas in the 16th century, popular perception of the diverse Native American culture by the ‘civilized’ world has changed dramatically, from one of mutual understanding between tribes and a begrudging respect from the first settlers of the New World, to a modern culture where finding a ceremonial headdress in a halloween store is not so rare an occurrence.

Prior to this, Native American culture flourished across the American continent. Though it 's undeniable that the occasional war over resources or tribal honor bloodied the timeline of history, in most regions of what would become North America, peaceful interaction and a development of a rich, unique culture were far more common. Furthermore,
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Furthermore, globalization can thus be seen as a vehicle by which the culture of the rest of the world can be communicated into every corner of the globe, in order the unite humankind. Proponents of the phenomenon argue that while it may cause the deterioration of certain groups of culture, globalization gives us the ability to learn more about different cultures, and allows us to choose which culture we want to identify as and become intrinsically part of. From another angle, some philosophers argue that the adaptation and gradual evolving of some cultures show their internal diversity, and how they are constantly changing. Therefore, they believe that cultures should not be preserved in a single state, but rather, allowed to continue changing naturally with time, and we should not force people to continue maintaining tradition if tradition is not something they want to maintain.

On the other hand, those who argue for the preservation of the Native American culture cite the necessity of maintaining social values, religion, and customs; cultural norms that can create a sense of unity and community. Furthermore, they argue that as an essential part of U.S. national heritage, and due to the fact that a quite large portion of the population either claim to be or are descended from Native American ancestors, a greater effort should be made to prevent the total assimilation of this distinct cultural group with different traditions to European
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