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Culture Conflict: Native Americans And The White S

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Culture Conflict Native Americans and White Settlers Conflict is the clashing of opposing interests or positional differences over national values and issues, often over power, territory and beliefs.A culture is the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that the members of society use to deal with their world and with one another.In this essay I will be talking about the Hollywood portrayal of the Native Americans, the cultures, beliefs and values. I will also be talking about the introduction of white settlers to their culture and the affect that had on them. I will also be outlining what is the currently happening with the Native Americans.Hollywood portrays Native Americans and Indians and barbaric and wild. The Hollywood portrayal shows the cowboys as the ?good guys? and the Native Americans as the ?Bad Guys?. In fact the Native Americans were generally peaceful people with only the occasional tribal skirmish.The Native Americans are split into different groups. There are little to distinguish one group from another. Agriculture provides most of their diet. Corn, beans, and squash were known as "deohako" or "life supporters." Their importance to the Native Americans is clearly demonstrated by the six annual agricultural festivals held with prayers of gratitude for their harvests.The women owned and tended the fields under the supervision of the clan mother.Men usually left the village in the fall for the annual hunt and returned about midwinter. Spring was fishing season. Other than clearing fields and building villages, the primary occupation of the men was warfare.The Native Americans had a very nomadic lifestyle, which was centered on their worship for 2 animals. The horse and the Buffalo are very sacred to the Native Americans, and they relied on both in daily routine. The Native Americans killed what buffalo they needed and its body provided almost everything they needed.The Native American Culture followed the migration of the buffalo. Because of the constant moving of the tribes, they needed a form of shelter that could be quickly and easily put together and taken down. They called this type of home the tepee. The tepee was made by leaning long poles together and covering them with buffalo hide.There were several ways to hunt the buffalo. One way was for Indians on horseback to ride into the herd and use bows and arrows to kill the buffalo. Another way was for a large group of Indians on horseback to chase the buffalo off a cliff. An unusual way some Indians hunted the buffalo was to sneak up on the buffalo with wolf skins covering their bodies, and then killing them with bows and arrows.No part of the buffalo went to waste. The horns were used as spoons, cups, and toys. The bones were used as tools and weapons.The tail was used as a fly brush or whip. The stomach and intestines were cleaned and then used to carry water.The Native Americans believe in the Great Spirit Waken Tanka. Waken Tanka is believed...

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