Ethnography Paper

1094 words - 5 pages

As the holiday season is coming nearer each day, I found it appropriate to look further into the traditional Thanksgiving topic. I can only describe what my family does, my Puerto Rican and Caucasian family. As far as I can say, we are not necessarily traditional with our celebration of Thanksgiving. So I figured why not use this assignment as a way to further look into the holiday and how it is celebrated across America, this can mean anything from families celebrating it in their homes, to the retail shops of the country selling holiday/seasonal items to go along with the tradition. I would like to examine the traditions of thanksgiving.
In an article by Pleck (2011) it was claimed that the pilgrims did not have ruffled shirts, buckled shoes nor did they consume on turkey at the harvest feast that occurred in 1621. This may come as a shock to most because growing up we were taught to believe these along with other “facts” about the harvest feast that we come to know as the first thanksgiving. The pilgrims lost many of their people in the winter of 1620 due to lack of foraging knowledge. This led the colony to form a relationship with the Wampanoag tribe. They taught them how to fish as well as gather vegetables. This is thought to be common knowledge but as previously stated this may not be completely true after all. Pleck was not the only person to uncover the truth about the harvest feast of 1621. A director named Ellis (2010) made a documentary that confirms the feast did not include turkey, like our current tradition, but most likely may have included; goose, corn, cod and also lobster, as this was more commonly consumed in the area. This again may come as a surprise to people because growing up we were not told this.
In America there are various ways that thanksgiving is celebrated. People gather at relative’s houses, to either eat and spend quality time as a family or watch the football game that just so happens to come on right after their bellies are full. The dinners usually take place with relative and friends. There seems to be an unwritten rule of foods that are expected to be consumed at the dinner such as; turkey, potatoes, corn, yams/sweet potatoes and some variant of a pumpkin based dessert. There are also various parades that take place to celebrate thanksgiving leading into Christmas, like the Macy’s thanksgiving parade for example. Department stores, such as Macy’s, as well as some smaller retail stores use thanksgiving as the transition to prepare them for the rush that is black Friday. Some people do not take in what the holiday was meant for, giving thanks, and get to ecstatic about the great deals that their favorite store is throwing for the first 20 people in line at 10 p.m. on thanksgiving night. The department stores use this shopping “holiday” to prepare everybody for Christmas and all of the shopping that goes along with it. This tends to take away from the thanksgiving experience because even at the dinner with...

Find Another Essay On Ethnography paper

ethnography Essay

2288 words - 10 pages Many elders of color will share their stories with you if given the opportunity. Stories on how the United States changed their lives in both a positive and negative way. Stories describing their upbringing, family, traditions, culture and religious beliefs. I was lucky enough to interview Rita, an elder of color. From her stories, you are able to see how she has battled with life from all different angles. Rita was born on June 13, 1930, in

ethnography Essay

1497 words - 6 pages that it is not possible for the interpreter to see itself apart from its own pre–understanding of the study and fieldwork thus, the initial understanding of researcher on plays a role on the interpretation of the collected data. Ethnographic approach According to Hammersley and Atkinson, (2007) ethnography is a social research approach coming to first hand integration of empirical finding and the theoretical and comparative interpretation in


552 words - 2 pages process of this ethnography research. A few descriptions of the settings and act sequences were dissimilar, as we had occasionally observed and noted down information at different times. Michael had observed a few additional remarks and opinions throughout our research and data analysis. There were hardly any different views or perceptions in this particular source and understanding of the communication process. Overall, we had worked remarkably well together, and were extremely productive during the development of this research.

Is Ethnography a Suitable method for Research

2303 words - 9 pages specific definition that will be used throughout this work, is that of its role within qualitative research, which is summarised by Wainwright (1997) in his paper in The Qualitative Report, stating that ethnography can be distinguished as: “...the attempt to obtain an in-depth understanding of the meanings and ‘definitions of the situation’ presented by informants, rather than the quantitative ‘measurement&amp

Charles Marius Barbeau’s Ethnography and the Canadian Folklore

4086 words - 16 pages Charles Marius Barbeau’s Ethnography and the Canadian Folklore Born on 5 March 1883, in Sainte-Marie-de-Bauce, Charles Marius Barbeau is widely seen as the first Canadian educated anthropologist. He graduated from Université Laval in Québec, from his studies of law, in 1907; he never practised law. Upon graduating, Marius was awarded – as the first French-Canadian recipient – the Cecil Rhodes scholarship which allowed him to study at Oxford

Ethnography: Ainu

2184 words - 9 pages Ethnography: Ainu Worldview      The Ainu, Japan’s native aboriginal people, are very much an isolated people, living now only in the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. They number, as of a 1984 survey, 24,381, continuing a rise from a low point in the mid nineteenth century due to forced labor and disease, and have largely left their old ways and integrated into standard Japanese society, though even the majority of those still reside in

Ethnography Reflection

2333 words - 9 pages disgusting. But I would try both before passing judgment. When I spent two summers in Japan, my tastes changed considerably because I tried everything before making a decision about what I did or didn't like. (49, 201) 18. Mad Dogs is the first ethnography I have read. I really enjoyed it. Raybeck really made the places and people come alive with his storytelling. As I was reading, I kept reflecting on the time I spent in Japan. During and after

Collaborative Ethnography

1662 words - 7 pages Introduction Postmodern anthropology can be described as a method to write about cultures in a certain way, by scrutinizing and interpreting the information gathered. Postmodern ethnographers believe that it is the way we interpret information that must be studied and that the voice of societies should be advocated through an informant. They also believe that to do this the use of collaborative ethnography is of vital importance. Collaborative

Buzzmill Ethnography

3462 words - 14 pages On Sunday, November 24, 2013, our group visited BuzzMill, a 24 hour coffee shop, bar, and venue all in one, and it set our scene; local musical artists perform regularly on Buzzmill’s little stage. Collectively, our group chose this venue because it was free, not too far away from where each of us lived, and of course because it was a bar. Located off the east side in Austin, the venue has a fenced-in courtyard with a barbeque food trailer, a

Buzzmill Ethnography

3673 words - 15 pages Nat intro: On Sunday, November 24, 2013, our group visited the Buzz Mill, a 24 hour coffee shop, bar, and venue all in one that epitomizes its catchy name, which riffs off of the marriage of a coffee buzz and a saw mill. This eclectic little shop set the scene for our ethnography; local musicians and artists regularly perform on Buzzmill’s little stage. Collectively, our group chose this venue because the event we attended – Whiskey Church – was

Ethnography of Performance

914 words - 4 pages Ethnography of Performance During a musical performance many elements to be looked are not easily recognized by the average critic. A musical performance has multiple interactions taking place between the music, text, performers, audience, and space that all can contribute to a great performance. Overwhelming majority of the audience does not realize so much can be looked at during a single performance. At a performance by the University

Similar Essays

Eoc (Ethnography Of Communication) Essay

743 words - 3 pages highly detailed analysis of communication codes and their moment-to-moment functions in various contexts. In these analyses, speech communities are constituted in local and continuous performances of cultural and moral matters" (p. 45). [edit]History Originally coined "Ethnography of speaking" in�Dell Hymes�eponymous�1962 paper, it was redefined in his 1964 paper,�Introduction: Toward Ethnographies of Communication�to accommodate

Ethnography Essay

1083 words - 4 pages Ethnography Works Cited Missing Reflexivity is a qualitative method of research that takes an ethnography one step further, displaying the personal thoughts and reflections of the anthropologist on his informants. Ethnographies generally take an outside or foreign perspective of a culture, like reading a text, and reflexivity introduces a new component of inside description. Here, the anthropologist may describe personal interactions and

Ethnography Essay

2237 words - 9 pages When I was a kid my parents always took me to Nathdwara to take the blessings of Lord Krishna every now and then because my parents are so religious. So by going there several times I am also attached to that place. Actually Nathdwara is situated in Rajasthan state and I live in the state called Gujarat and in the city called as Ahmedabad. It takes six hours drive from my city to Nathdwara and this is the only nearest place where I could get

Ethnography Essay

678 words - 3 pages important and interesting development, I decided to conduct my ethnography on an immigrant residing in Los Angeles, who chooses to keep his anonymity, but whom I may refer to as George. The Conflict Theory developed by Karl Marx, states that the basis of society is conflict over access to the means of production; I was able to determine that George belongs to a persistent subculture here in America. George belongs to a Latino minority group and