Examples from third world countries were given and the paper concluded that arts are relevant to health, wellbeing and quality of life, giving an Aboriginal community in Australia as an example. Art is a communicative medium that allows a togetherness and heals fragmentation. When external reality is harsh and negative, it drives from the mind the capacity for imaginative dreaming. The process of art creation allows the formation of emotional links (in terms of Bion’s model) and negotiated interactive moments. This is one of the unique gifts the Aboriginal people had and it is this imagining that is allowed to be reawakened through the colour process mode of art.
Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders were the First Nation and belong to Australia. They were hunters and gatherers and are very connected to the earth. They have strong family bonds and extended family are also involved in decision making and caring for individuals. The Elders are very much respected and make decisions on behalf of the tribe and they are the leaders. They believe in the Dreaming which is their belief to look after the land, the existence of powerful beings that gave birth to life on earth.
In Lakota, saicige means to be adorned in proper relationship to the gods. This belief can be found in many different cultural groups across North and South America. By one being in contact with and object that has a relationship to a god or gods it makes the person in contact with the object become closer to the god that they are trying to connect too. This connection to a highly respected cultural object is easily seen through the Lakota sacred pipe. This pipe is a central part of the rite of the onikare (sweat lodge), which purifies and brings an individual closer to Wakan-Tanka.
Legal systems and cultures are intertwined in such a way that allows them to influence one another. While most Western countries focus on top-down approaches that result in changing culture and behavior, others have concentrated their efforts to make the law reflect the culture and values of the people. In the past, when common law heavily influenced tribal courts, tribe members worked towards the preservation of traditions. Now in the modern age, tribes are working to conserve the unity of their people by using programs that center on tradition to bring forth a community. One tribe that has adopted such a program enhanced aboriginal’s Cody Kimewon understanding of his identity through a culture as cause, law as effect approach.
F Scott Fitzgerald said that “Part of the beauty of all literature [is that] you discover … your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” This concept of belonging and identity are powerful forces for every human being when working out who we are in this world. Good morning class and Mr Coke. F Scott Fitzgerald nailed it when he talked about literature being able to express the universal need to belong. Today, I will show you how two quite different Australian poems with varied cultural contexts manage to convey the notion of belonging and identity, albeit from very different perspectives.
A well lived ancestor is a good source of for today’s people. Learning how the ancestors live their life will help us to have today’s struggle. The first poem also suggests that following a good example of living a well life with guidance is the right way of living which is good for people. Talking about guidance in the discourse of Native American life, it will bring us to the elders. “Elders are important for their symbolic connection to the past, and for their knowledge of traditional way, teaching, stories, and ceremonies” (Stiegelbauer 39).
Native American traditional family composition consists of extended family members made up of blood and non-blood relatives. The nuclear family consisted of a woman, her husband, and their children. Many tribes practiced polygamy, in which a man had two or more wives, while other tribes were monogamous. Jonathan’s tribe practiced monogamy. Native Americans developed societies with well-defined roles, responsibilities, religious rites, ceremonies, social behavior in which group involvement, support and consensus plays a major role.
From an anthropological perspective, myths are essential components of religious traditions that tell stories on various aspects of the creation of the world. Myths tie together the concepts of personal experience along with a wider set of assumptions about the way society or the general world must operate. These tales revolve around different concepts such as gods, interactions between gods and human beings, and the predictions of life after death. Origin myths are a type of myth that are known to explain the creation of the world or the particular features of the interactions of human beings. Anthropologists pay careful attention to and study myths because they are seen as highly developed from of verbal art that are believed to embody important
My personal observation is that the community members feel sad and depressed when they remember the issues of colonization and how they are been oppressed in following the laid down rules and principles of the colonizers. Being subjected by the colonialist rules which created a standpoint that their version of addressing issues is right, whereas that of the victim is wrong. One of the strength perspective of the Northern New Mexico (Nuevomexicano) Hispanic culture is the desire to protect and preserve their culture. ASSESSMENT The historical trauma affected the life of community members till this present day, where members perform the role of cultural and community protector and this have major consequence on their part because there is a feeling of protecting of one self constantly and the fear of that there are enemies everywhere. This situation can make the community members live in a state of fear and also prevent them from relating to
Aboriginal cultural vitality is not acknowledges adequately in Australia (Eckerman et al., 2010). Populations such as Africa, Asia, South America and Europe all have histories of colonisation of their countries and people, however it appears that other colonising populations have made stronger efforts to repair damage done to the indigenous communities (Taylor, 2010). One of the ways that people have done this is through treaties. I think this would be hard to do with the Aboriginal people as they are made of many different communities themselves, meaning that a treaty would have to account for all these differences. From the readings supplied, I have found that all populations that have been colonised seem to be worse off for it.