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Salt Lake City, Utah

Ethnography Project

Nick Robinson

on 10 October 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH and Salt Lake Culture NATIVE AMERICANS The Utes are one of five main tribes native to the region we now call Utah. Native Roots Religious Practices Structured around Nature ...could be transposed onto today's Salt Lake Culture which heavily emphasizes the environment (especially outdoor recreational sport) Natives and Mormons Mormon settlers exposed the Native Americans to agriculture (still a prevalent Utahn industry)

Occasional bouts of violence during the early settlement period

Conversion of Natives to Christian Institutions
(Shoshone to the Church of the Latter-day Saints Small Business and Entrepreneurship Small business is the biggest economic force in the Native Community

Businesses target tourists

Exploitation of Native American Culture Many inhabitants report feeling isolated, suffocated, and out of place; weird laws and "fake" people contribute to this.

"The city itself is pretty cool but the whole Mormon influence has been a real culture shock. Also I've gotten a lot of bad vibes from the people here...maybe I'm just used to the south where people are way more friendly." - Anonymous forum poster

"At first people seemed really nice, but then I started to get the impression that it was just an act" - University of Utah student, age 20, PA native

"The Mormons have created a nice bubble around Utah to protect it from the rest of the world. I always felt like I was a decade behind everywhere else when I lived there." - Anonymous forum poster

"I wouldn't want to live here beyond graduation...I don't feel the need to...too many weird laws and people" - University of Utah student

"the skiing is great-beyond that it can't hold it own w/ most cities it's size. add the people into that and it's very off putting." - Anonymous forum poster The Salt Lake Experience Archaeological Sites Important to scholars and research institutions (draws academic community)

The chronological history of the Native American Culture, from 4,000 BCE, through the 19th century injustices of the U.S. Government are of great importance to the city’s heritage ...but how does it make you feel? "Utah"...comes from the word "Ute" meaning "people of the mountains."

It may also mean "land of the sun." Many other inhabitants, however, find themselves right at home; the city offers them a lifestyle found in few other places.

"Lived in Salt Lake the last 7 years. Loved it. Great people, great food, and oh yeah 4 amazing mountains 25-35 minutes away." - Anonymous forum poster

"My group of friends consists of a bunch of East-coasters who came here to ski; we're a really tight group and have a great time here." - University of Utah student

The more liberal, progressive side of the population finds fulfillment with a large, growing number of spiritual activities, organic eating, and healthy mindsets; there is "definitely a great ex-pat hippie community to keep the Mormons at bay." - Anonymous forum poster

"Salt Lake City itself is incredibly liberal. Huge gay population, good music, good beer, good people." - Anonymous forum poster Living as a Non-Mormon Food Night-Life Salt Lake Slang Overall Mindset Gastronomic Salt Lake City has reviewed many restaurants throughout the city and selected the top three for each 15 different categories of food type "all a member means is you gotta pay like 5 bucks to become a member and you can drink there, that way the bars can get away with serving beer and booze cause they are technically private clubs. you can buy reg strengh beer and booze at the liquor stores but they close at like 7:30 so you gotta plan ahead, any beer you buy at the bar or gas station or grocery store is the 3.2 or whatever."- Anonymous Blogger There is a downtown but it is very different from that of Philly or New York -University of Utah student A little less than half of the population of Salt Lake City are members of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, or Mormons. Mormons Mormons celebrate mass much like other Catholics, but are much more serious about their religion
Most Mormons are forbidden from exclusive dating until they are eighteen.
They abstain from drinking, smoking, coffee and tea.
They can be somewhat secretive about some of the practices, such as their temple undergarments. Vegan restaurants; also lots of chains/”cookie cutters” -University of Utah Student

"From great American classics to dining options from every corner of the world, you will find exactly what your taste buds are craving for breakfast, lunch, or dinner." -VisitSaltLake.com "Can you drink in Utah? Absolutely yes ... even on Sunday. Like other major cities, Salt Lake has bars, brewpubs, and restaurants that serve alcohol seven days a week. The "membership requirement" to enter bars was removed in 2009. If you're over 21 you can walk into a bar, order a drink, and enjoy."- VisitSaltLake.com Common to hear a SLC native combining a few words into one long phrase-word
"pleasetameetcha" is a normal greeting while "appreciatecha" is often used as a parting phrase

The phrase "Cowboy up" relates to our phrase "step up to the plate."
It is a possibility that this phrase is used as a prelude to a bar fight

"Out in the toolies" our equivalent to "Out in the boonies"; referring to an uninhabited area. "Mo-terms" is the name for the slang mainly used by the Mormon population

"H-E-double toothpicks." Mormons do not use the word "hell"

"Saintspeak" is the term used to describe the mormon dictionary.
"Choose the Right" is a common slogan for Mormon teenagers often appears on clothing and jewelry
Symbolizes their commitment to the faith, and sends a good message to the parents of any other Mormon teenager they may be interested in "Mo-Terms" "Becoming more liberal in recent years", as more outsiders are slowly becoming locals (modernization and new thoughts and ideas) and diluting the conservative Mormon population
Ex. a more "progressive feel" and the 3rd highest gay/lesbian population in the country Still a huge Mormon presence Limited city functions on Sunday – buses/stores closed Girls of about 18-20 wearing wedding rings in class Mormons who are abandoning/fleeing their heritage for more progressive/liberal attitudes. A big draw to tourists for the outdoors
Also seeking to expand horizons, the city incorporates a wide variety of attractions . The big picture? Experiences are relative. As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure, and one man's boring, obnoxious Mormon-infested "city" is another man's simple, easy going, winter-sport-conducive paradise. Culture depends on one's own perspective and reports should be taken with a grain of salt. </3 The Haters </3 <3 The Lovers <3 Salt Lake City is a perfect example of the impact location, geography & climate has on a city's culture. Sports & Hobbies The opening ceremony featured:
The five major Native Americans tribes
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Paid tribute to the September 11, 2001
Featured more patriotism towards the host country in comparison to other olympic ceremonies 2002 Winter Olympics The 3 colors of the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics emblem represent:
Contrast: "This is a land of contrast. Mountain and desert. Sun and snow"
Culture: "This is a unique culture. Ancient marks are woven into our heritage."
Courage: "This is about a legacy of courage. At the very heart of the Games are the athletes, the true heroes." The city and culture revolves around outdoor recreation
"Don't think of it as a "city"...think of it as a town real real close to some kick ass mountains..."
"I thought it was great, for awhile. Now, not so much. The killer snow is the ONLY reason to live here."
According to a student at the University of Utah, about 30,000 students moved from the east coast because of skiing/snowboarding Winter Sports Utah Jazz (basketball)
"Philadelphia fans are known to be brutal...But that's nothing compared to some of the disgusting fans in Salt Lake City, Utah."

Real Salt Lake (soccer)
" 'We’re killing it, we really are,' Manning said of RSL. 'We don’t even look at the [Utah] Jazz schedule anymore when we make our schedule. We don’t even look at BYU or Utah anymore. We’ve found we can still sell out when they do.' " It’s not that RSL has stolen from the sports pie formerly shared by Utah’s NBA team or the state’s two prominent college football programs. Simply put, the pie has gotten larger. A younger demographic, between ages 18 and 30, has discovered professional soccer in Utah. And the numbers show they like it."
-sltrib.com Popular Sports Final Thoughts on Salt Lake City... High Mormon Population ---> heavy influence on SLC's culture & lifestyle
SLC is "centered" around its geography, location, & climate
Promotes its geography & location--->SLC's "identifier"
Emphasis on lifestyle outdoor recreational activities
Many people go/move there because of its location
Tourism because of its geography---> income for SLC
High Mormon population---> very influential concerning SLC's culture & lifestyle
eg. Less places for alcohol consumption if residents (Mormons) don't partake
Values heritage (genealogy library) and cultural roots (Native Americans) ---> family is important
Low crime rate
According to many, SLC is family-friendly ---> family is a high priority ...based on comparisons between other U.S. cities, the skewed perspectives of non-SLC residents, possibly biased people, and is observed according the the "normals" of an "outsider's view". These observations do not reflect 100% of SLC and the same thoughts and views may not be held by lifelong SLC residents Major League Teams of Salt Lake City Common Lifestyle Sports & Hobbies Emily Addis
Christina Betz
Cameron Pollock
Nicholas Robinson
Lorraine Sybrandy Presented by: Salt Lake City, Utah
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