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THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

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THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY
OF A PART-TIME INDIAN THEMES CULTURE
RELATIONSHIPS
POVERTY
IDENTITY WHAT IS CULTURE?
What is ethnicity, culture and identity?

Ethnicity - belonging to a group that shares the same characteristics, such as country of origin, language, religion, ancestry and culture. Ethnicity is a matter of biological and historical fact and is not changed by the culture in which a person grows up.

Culture - describes what people develop to enable them to adapt to their world, such as language, gestures, tools to enable them to survive and prosper, customs and traditions that define values and organise social interactions, religious beliefs and rituals, and dress, art, and music to make symbolic and aesthetic expressions.

(A group of people with similar customs relating to people's religion, language, clothes, technology, foods, sports, markets, housing, entertainment and the many other cultural traits.)

Culture determines the practices and beliefs that become associated with an ethnic group and provides its distinctive identity.

Identity - classified as an individual's personal identity, social identity or ethnic identity.


JUNIOR'S CULTURE How would you define Junior's culture
based on what you've read in his diary? RELATIONSHIPS With whom is Junior's most important relationship? What is a relationship? Create a RELATIONSHIP WEB. What is a stereotype? ...assumptions and beliefs about the physical, behavioural, and psychological characteristics assigned to a particular group or class of people... Is Junior stereotyped? If so, in
what way? By whom? POVERTY What is poverty? What are some examples of poverty Junior records in his diary? What are some examples of poverty in society? Is there a way out of poverty? "Maybe grandma was right. Maybe I had challenged the alpha dog and was now being rewarded for it." "Rowdy was my secret keeper." "I remember when people used to think my brain was useful. damaged by water, sure.... But still useful, and maybe even a little bit sacred and magical." WHO ARE YOU? "I woke up on the reservation as an Indian, and
somewhere on the road to Reardon, I became
less than Indian." page 89
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