This report investigates the differences between the Somali culture and the Australian Western Culture; the differences in religion, clothing, food, language and arts will all be examined. Somalia, like all countries, has it’s own special traditions and customs which are regularly practiced by its people. Both primary and secondary sources will be used to obtain quality literature.
What factors contribute to the Somali culture?
There are many components, when put together, make up the basis of the Somali culture; some factors, which include the religion, food, clothing, language and arts.
Islam is the primary religion in Somalia, were 100 percent of the population is Sunni. Islam is a belief system, a culture, a structure …show more content…
It is also customary for a Somali family and friends to eat on the floor with their hands from the same plate of food. (Promoting Cultural Sensitivity, Chapter 2. Overview of Somali Culture. 2015)
In comparison to the attire worn by people in western society wearing jeans, shorts, singlet etc. The people of Somalia have different sets of clothing specifically for each gender. In order to accommodate with the hot weather of Somali, men commonly wear a Ma’awiis, which is a sarong like garment wrapped around the waist. Men also wear a long white garment called Khamiis; it is mostly worn to the mosque for prayer or Eid celebrations. Refer to Fig. 1.
Fig. 1 A group of men wearing the ma’awiis and khamiis
Traditionally Somali men used to wear two white garments, shirt, and shoes, which are made by a shoemaker, those shoes are called Cagba cag or …show more content…
To dance is to be knowledgeable about the stories of the ancestral heroes. Dancing, unlike painting and singing, is learnt at an early age. This allows large groups of people to demonstrate their clan rights in front of an audience. Dance is also seen as an occasion to entertain and to be entertained and through the work of dance to show their love for families and kin. It is for this reason that dance may be performed at the end of every day in some communities. (Australian indigenous ceremony- song, music and dance | austrlian.gov.au.
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Of the Somalis born in Australia, there were 2693 males (47.4%) and 2992 females (52.6%) in 2011. The sex ratio was 90 males per 100 females . (see appendix 1) Amongst Somalia-born individuals aged 15 years and over, the contribution rate in the labour force was 51.8% and the unemployment rate was 22.1%. The equivalent rates in the whole Australian population were 65% and 5.6% individually.
Introduction Aboriginal Australian peoples have been placed in unfair situations that have resulted in disconnections from society due to bias in culture, racism and because of previous historical events such as colonisation that led to colonialism and horrible events such as The Stolen Generation. These events act like a scar to the Aboriginal Australian peoples and their culture, those previously mentioned historical events symbolises the cut, the immense pain that was caused in that moment is still a factor and the pain from it is still prevalent and is symbolised by the scar. The scar also represents the factors that still manage to affect the Aboriginal Australians today, such as racism and lack of quality and access to education, money and health care.. The Indigenous peoples are also affected by various other factors such as limited access to health care that may be of poor quality, such resources may also bring fear to the Indigenous peoples because practitioners are not always sensitive or respectful to
Dance might be just a movement of a person’s feet and body for others. But to me, it means more than that. Dance is an art, a way of expressing your thoughts through your body involving perfect posture, unstoppable practice, and confidence. Gerald Graff’s, “Hidden Intellectualism” mentions that intellect does not only exist in academic form of thinking. Non-academic subjects should be apart of intellect because knowledge can also take the form of street smarts.
Abstract Being an aborigine in a white dominated society is a complicated identity. Australia, one of the white governed nations, also owns many aboriginal tribes. They lived harmonious lives in the early period. But European colonization has made a profound effect on the lives of Aboriginals in Australia, which led to the total demolition of their native culture, identity and history. As a result the new generation Aboriginals have lost their Aboriginal heritage and have been accepted neither by Aboriginals nor by whites.
Freeman points out that even anthropologists and ethnopsychiatrists have “documented the prevalence in preliterate tribes of signing and dancing to the point of physical and psychological collapse during religious and social ceremonies” (Freeman, 2000, pp.419) These tribes perform ceremonies to socialize individuals and bond them to the group, which, from an evolutionary stand point, proves more beneficial to survival as the group (or in this case- tribe) provides a strong support system for the individual. Music “constructs a sense of trust” between members of the group, as feelings of bonding and formation are the “neural basis for social bonding” (Freeman, 2000,
There are many other aspects of dance then just learning the “moves”. A dancer must have well trained technique, flexibility, muscular body, know terminology, memorize steps and so much more. There are so many important aspects of dance most people do not realize. If dance was given more publicity, more people would view it as a
A local Northwest Coast dance company, Dancers of Damelahamid, will facilitate day three (Dancers of Damelahamid, 2012). It will take place inside the school’s gym, where they will demonstrate the one of their dances and song for the students. After the performance, the members of Dancers of Damelahamid will educate the students on what the importance of dance is for them, the history of specific dances, as well as the symbolism behind the specific moves they had performed. Indigenous cultures use their varieties of dance to convey different emotions and stories, they use them to connect themselves to their community, nature and spirituality. These dances are more than just movements, they are an expression of their culture, a projection of their hardships and what they have been through in their
Week ones study was focused on the Aboriginal Acknowledgement of Country and the Indigenous terms of reference. These are two very important topics as they focus on the interaction between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, fostering a relationship a relationship of trust, respect and understanding. A proper understanding of the Aboriginal Terms of Reference is an integral tool for an aspiring teacher such as myself. They encompass the cultural knowledge, understanding and experiences that are at the center of the Indigenous culture (Oxenham, 1999).
The crazy fashion that we all see is used by the necessity to keep warm. Being well dressed is a very important and being dressed as a slum is frowned upon. The only times that the culture dresses nice is during special occasions. These dress clothes are usually handmade and elaborate embroidery. Women of the house hold usually dress in a white blouse, a jumper skirt, an apron and headdress.
Dances were held for healing, prayer, initiation, storytelling, and courting. Dances usually occurred in a large structure, such as a wigwam, or in an open field around a fire. A common dance was the ghost dance. It was a spiritual movement that gave hope to the Native Americans when conditions were rough on Indian reservations.
INTRODUCTION Ever since the early days of humanity and recorded history, we know that humans have watched the sky and analyzed and recorded the movement of the various celestial bodies within it. Many of these early civilizations saw the movements within the sky as a celestial dance and were reproducing them in their own way as various dances. Song and dance is a traditional way for populations to teach and pass down important information to younger generations.
Fundamentals of Fashion And Their Reflection In “The Next Black” Aaliya Gujral Unquestionably clothes are a prominent part of our lives. They help us express who we are and often represent our sex, occupation, age and social standing. Clothing has been used by humans for thousands of years, and comes in a variety of forms. It has evolved throughout the course of history to include more fabrics, patterns, styles and designs.
Until recently, the western trained archaeologist and anthropologist constructed the identities and histories of the Aboriginal people. The western hegemony which still existed in the anthropological and archeological practice effectively silenced the indigenous voices. The identity of the Indigenous Australians does not rest in an imagined Australian Aborigine, but in the multiplicity of names and identities. However, Anthropology is instrumental in constructing the one Aboriginal identity through the operation of language. Therefore, the Aboriginal people, who became one in order to redefine their cultural identity, seek to re-appropriate their past from the colonialist anthropological and historical narratives.