Cultural Differences Between Native Americans And Native American Cultures

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Native Americans have suffered in many ways. The deprivation of their surrounding lands has either made them lose their identity, or the symbolized depiction of family and culture. When the Europeans arrived and settled, they changed the Native Americans way of life for the worst. These changes were caused by a number of factors including oppression, disease, loss of land, attempts to export religion and laws, which violated Native American culture.
Each group, of Native Americans had its own laws, language, and a different way of living. Still, all of the Native Americans lived close to nature. For them nature was a very important aspect in their lives. Most of them it was their way of survival, some hunted big animals, some fished in the seas, and some grew corn plus other vegetables. When Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, he met groups
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The Europeans were known to have ethnocentric values towards Native American culture. Throughout the film Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee the government system did not agree on how the natives lived. They were being criticized on the rituals and the traditions they practiced. They felt as if there culture was the right one to follow, that there was no other better culture. The Europeans created one-way assimilation within the Native Americans. According to the article by George M. Frederickson Models of American Ethnic Relations: A Historical Perspective, One way Assimilation is defined as the belief of minor groups to join into large dominant cultures, adapting to the large cultures belief and casting aside their own. Pretty much saying that people are forced to abandon their group, and join others this destroys uniqueness, which creates a homogeneous society. The Native Americans all had heterogeneous rituals and traditions the Europeans did not understand how that worked they didn 't want to embrace the uniqueness that they were

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