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Michaella Michaels

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Transcript of IBO TRIBAL LIFE

Michaella Michaels
Gissel Villasenor
Mrs. Krutz period: 1

Food in the Ibo culture mainly consists of yams, and soups with foods like meat, eba, semovita, amd jollof rice in it. Some popular dishes in the Ibo culture are bitterleaf soup, ora and ogri soup, egusi soup, okro soup, ogbono soup, and vegetable soup. Like in the Ibo culture, we in America also combine different foods to create soups, although american food generally has more of a variety, the Ibo have popular dishes just as americans do.
A wedding in the Ibo culture does not just mean an affair between a husband and wife, but also includes the parents, extended family, and the village. Different from the customs in our culture, in the Ibo culture the groom first asks his future wife's hand in marriage, then the two take a trip to the bride-to-be's father's house and explain the reason for the visit rather than the other way around. Next, the groom will then pay a price for the bride (usually in goats, wine, chickens or nuts) and finally the family will have a church ceremony to be wed.
Dance and Music is a very important part of the Ibo culture and tribal life, just like how it is in american culture. Dance in the Ibo tribe was used to express a variety of things such as war, rites of passage, and even social and political views. much like how artists in our culture use their profession to voice their opinions. Music for the Ibo people is mainly folk music that uses string instruments, percussion, and some woodwinds and brass.
War in the Ibo culture was mainly over reasons such as water, land disputes and trade. War would be conducted after consulting the oracle, and if they approved the tribes would attack. Unlike in american culture, Ibo tribes would often be fighting against Ibo tribes due to internal conflicts. The wars in the Ibo culture generally lasted for a month, since people who fought in war were needed to farm and tend crops.
Just like in American culture, the Ibo tribe celebrates the major holidays new year's day, and also Easter. They also celebrate Nigerian independence day, which is on October 1st, and they celebrate Christmas from December 24 through December 26. On these holidays the Ibo culture and American culture share customs, with gift-giving, feast making, and family time, and festivals.
The Ibo language is part of the Kwa subfamily, which is a combination of high and low tones that can change not only the meaning, but also the grammatical relationship of the word. Ibo expressions translated: Keku ka imelo?- Hello how are you? Ndewo- Thank you. Kedu ahagi- What is your name?
In the Ibo culture the males in the village are the ones expected to go and perform the difficult labor such as farming and building. The males in the Ibo culture begin manual labor much earlier then males in American culture, and are usually mentored by their fathers. The males are also able to be involved in their hobbies, which are usually sports like wrestling, much like the males in America.
Females in the Ibo culture generally central trade, weave mats, bead, cook and make and paint pottery. In politics women do in fact hold less power than men, but are not completely docile. In the past, women would use food production to gain respect from their children and husbands. In the United States, some women have the same roles as those in the Ibo culture.
Wrestling is a big part of Ibo tribal life. The sport is used not just for fun, but also to settle real disputes, like of those over women. Wrestling is taken very seriously, and given a special spot in each village that is well looked after. As described in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the wrestling matches are often accompanied by festivals with food, music, and dancing.
In the Ibo culture, polygamy is practiced, so it is very common for one man to have multiple wives. In the Ibo tribe adults are respected more, just like in America. The Ibo tribe is known for having low self-esteem due to the fact that parents in the tribe put a large amount on their children. Oddly enough, twins are banned from the villages becaus ethey are seen as a sign of evil.
Most Ibo are farmers, who are a necessity to the tribe. Most crops that are grown are yams, taro, and cassava. Yams are viewed as the king of crops. In the Ibo tribe the growth of these crops, and a healthy harvest are all because of the gods. They believe that if they are good, the gods will reward them will crops and good crop-growing conditions. Just like in American culture, and in most cultures, farming plays a large role in every day life.
Laws in the Ibo culture are very similar to that of American culture. Laws in the tribe include; do not steal, do not engage in incest, do not kill another person, do not commit suicide, and do not commit adultery. Some laws in the tribe are part of Nigerian rules, and some are reinforced due to humanity's teachings.
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In the Ibo tribe, traditionally, men and women believed that their bodies were temples, so they decorated their bodies, and also wore very decorated clothing. The Ibo people painted their bodies with traditional cosmetic makeup such as nzu, edo, ufie, uhie, and uri or uli.The women also wore decorations in their hair. Just like in our culture, items worn represented social class, beliefs, and gender.
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