The Benefits Of Indigenous Culture

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Adrienne Keene (2015) brought up a very interesting and valid question in her article, “The Benefits of Cultural ‘Sharing’ Are Usually One-Sided,” “Who has the right to represent an Indigenous community? Outsiders, or the community itself?” Cultural appropriation does not happen exclusively to specific cultures. There are many examples of both the negative and positive impact that culture sharing has had on societies throughout history. This is not up for argument; however, what is up for debate is who is to have the final say in how individual cultures are to be represented to the rest of the world. Cultural appropriation has always been a part of the human experience. Whether it is done intentionally or not, the likelihood of this changing …show more content…
Michelle M. Jacob presented interviews with the Wapato Indian Club as a great example of young American Indians, giving power back to their tribe, through the representation of their culture to both Natives and non-Natives in a positive manner. In one of Jacob’s (2012) personal interviews, Haver Jim, a past member of the club, expressed to Jacob how the club encouraged him to behave as a positive representation of his tribe and the positive impact it can have “... I can be mad that our tribe doesn’t do this, or our tribe doesn’t do that. Or I could go live my life and do the best that I can in everything I’m involved in” (p. 475). There is no better way for individuals to leave a positive image of themselves, and their culture, other than by them taking it upon themselves to be that positive …show more content…
Often times this can be due to differences of opinion within said culture or a lack of cultural pride. Whatever the reason, people should never be discouraged to play a role in being a positive representation of their culture, even if they are unsure of what that image should be. All that is really needed is for individuals to live in a manner that encourages a positive self-image in themselves and others. It not only encourages individuals to empower themselves and their community, but it also opens the lines of communication within different

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