In the documentary, “The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America,” portrays the journey of an immigrant Hmong family battling to maintain their cultural traditions alive in the United States. In the Hmong culture, it is believed that every individual has seven souls and if they have an illness, for example sickness, it means that their soul has departed or taken by evil spirits. Hmong people believe in Shamans, who are gifted and respected people who can make contact with their ancestors and return the lost souls of people. In this documentary, the main character Paja Thao is a shaman who is challenged by American customs to keep his cultural Hmong traditions alive and pass it down to his children. Paja becomes sick because he feels like his children don’t care about the Hmong tradition anymore because they don’t participate in his rituals and realizes his children have assimilated to the American culture. The different ways one can look at Paja’s illness is by acknowledging the Hmong culture and by looking at the perspective of the biomedical world.
Hula dancing, a Polynesian dance that in traditional form dramatizes a song specifically through arm movements and hand gestures, has expanded beyond Hawaiian shores and has introduced island movements to the world. Since the early 1970’s traditional Hula dancing has provided islander communities with the ability to tie together body movements with homeland recollections and personal experiences. Originally, Hula was seen as a ritual and cultural dance which was developed by polynesians who settled in the islands of Hawaii. “Through hula dances and songs, memories of people and events endure long after they have passed” (Stillman 2001). As time passes Hula dancing has had a dramatic impact on Western cultures and as a result Hula dancing has
Rising to New Heights with Zebulon Pike It was the summer 1806 when Zebulon Pike set out with a caravan of men to explore a portion of the Louisiana Purchase. His counterparts, Lewis and Clarke were busy in another section of this land, but President Jefferson had entrusted the southwestern section of the region to Pike. The intended goal of the men who left with Pike was that the entire exploration would take them about six months. Much to their surprise, they were just wrapping things up two years later.
Imagine living a simple lifestyle where growing up everyone close to you was content and knew exactly who they were in life. Unfortunately for you, everything began to change as you grew up and the life you knew so well was becoming more modern. This then caused you to start forming different identities for yourself with all of these changes. That was the personal battle that Andrew Blackbird, author of History of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan, faced during his lifetime. In his short book he describes the events of his life and past events of his tribe and others in the area.
Secondly, throughout pubic schooling American children are kind of placed in age sets which go through a couple age grades together, specifically graduation. Although these age sets are not long-lasting like those within the Maasai culture, for the first eighteen years of an Americans life most people are placed in groups like age sets. Third, Americans also decorate their bodies in ways similar to the people of the Aaasai culture. Americans pierce their ears and other parts of their bodies, get tattoos, wear jewelry, etc. The Maasia also tend to pierce their ears, elongate their ear lobs, tattoo their bodies, and wear jewelery.
List of traditions of your culture and how it related to your family The culture I identify is African American. The African American culture have several traditions that my family and I practice. The traditions of the African American culture that are practices among my family are maintaining family relationships, practicing Christianity, maintain hospitality, gaining education, and cooking.
Native Americans have a really diverse culture and one report is not enough to talk about all of their cultures. They have fourteen tribes so it is obvious that they will have a lot of different cultures and traditions between all fourteen tribes. It is impossible to have fourteen tribes with different people and expect them to all believe in the same things so some of them have different beliefs and different traditions. They worshipped a lot of gods and even some of the gods had dolls made for them. Some tribes worshipped the sun or fire or some serpents.
Hmong birth practices are very interesting and very different from American culture. Their births are usually at home and sometimes the woman is alone. Women labor in silence and catch their own babies as they are being delivered. Mrs. Lee delivered all of her babies by herself before coming to America. In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down after birth practices are also different.
The jarabe is considered M?xicos national dance and is the best known outside the country,often called the Mexican hot dance in English. Like all folk dancing, Traditional mexican dances provide a glimpse into the culture of the region. Not only do these dances from M?xico express the rhythms of the musical, But also the vital color wovent into mexican clothing and decoration,as well as themes important to the region such as catholicism and communion with nature. Mexican culture shines through the Traditional dances of the country. Many mexican familias are planted firmly in religious faith and Rich intricacies of generacional Traditions and celebrations observed year after year.
One single activity that I am most proud of is my ability to contribute to the orchestra with my French Horn. As a vital part to the orchestra’s overall tone quality and melody, I play my French Horn proudly and powerfully. In marching band, I play powerful low notes to keep the band in rhythmic time and move the band along as a whole at a steady pace; in orchestra I play mellifluous melodies that gives songs its’ zest and vividness. Whether it be stolid, proud pieces such as Coast Guards or blissful, ecstatic songs such as Happy the horn finds its’ unique way to contribute. However, I have also sometimes overstepped my boundaries as a Horn player. Always eager to contribute, I may at times play too loudly and mistaken smooth mellow sounds
Although Will is reluctant to be involved in the Native American community in Medicine River, he makes decisions in life that make him a part of the community: he decides to move back to Medicine river to start a business and continues to be involved in community events.
French Horn The French Horn is a brass instrument. It originally comes from France and it is definitely a horn, hence the name. The French Horn as we know it today came from the French Hunting Horn from the 1660'sand has a wide range of sound from "very loud to very soft, and from harsh and blaring to mellow and smooth.." The French Horn will fool you because it actually has "18 feet of tubing rolled up into a circular shape, with a large bell at the end" (The French Horn, para. 1).