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Weaving the Threads of Culture

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Transcript of Weaving the Threads of Culture

Weaving the Threads of Culture

Developing Respectful Relationships and Collaborative Programs With Tribes and Tribal Organizations


Gathering the Threads
Module One: An Introduction To
American Indian Culture

Weaving the Threads of Culture
Part 1: Identify the Threads

Part 2: Finding the Threads

Part 3: Gathering the Threads

Part 4: Placing the Loops

Part 5: The Unwoven Flaw

Part 6: Honoring the Weave

Census 2010
5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (1.5%)

2.9 million listed AI/AN only

2.3 million reported AI/AN + another
Census 2010
Who are the other 2.6 million American Indians?
Urban Indians
Members of tribes that are not federally- recognized
descendents of mixed marriages who cannot meet enrollment criteria
vague family history
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
1.5 million AI/AN

562 federally-recognized tribes located in 33 states

Lands administered:
45.6 million acres tribally-owned
10 million acres individually-owned
309,189 federally-owned held in trust
5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives
2.9 million listed AI/AN only
2.3 million reported AI/AN + another
What is Culture
Shared history

Language

Values and Attitudes

Religion

Law and legal systems

Economic and political systems
What is Culture?
Shared history

Language

Values and Attitudes

Religion

Law and legal systems

Economic and political systems
Understanding Culture
Culture is best understood by direct interaction

Be open minded

Sense of humor

Communication Skills

Flexibility and adaptability
Culture
Flexibility and Adaptability
The ability to respond to or tolerate the ambiguity of new situations, keep options open, and minimize judgmental behavior or attitudes.
Ethnocentrism
Assume that the elements of our own culture are natural, and acceptable to others

Ignore distinctions between our own culture and the other person's culture
Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity
(Bennett 1986)
Experience of Differences
Development of intercultural Sensitivity
Experience of Differences
Development of Intercultural Sensitivity
Bennett's Model
Ethnocentric Stages
Defense
Minimization
Denial
Bennett's Model
Ethnorelative Stages
Acceptance
Adaption
Integration
Key Points
Strive for adaptability and flexibility when working with a cultural other than your own
The six components of a culture are:
Shared History, Language, Values and Attitudes, Religion, Law and Legal Systems, Economic and Political Systems
Sources of misunderstanding in a cross-cultural communication
Lack of knowledge, fear of unknown factors, unconscious assumptions and stereotyping
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