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The Ik' culture, 'The Pomo Indians' and The Nayar Society of Southern India' The Ik

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Choose any THREE of the cultures described overleaf and write a description of the differences and similarities between the cultures you have chosen and your own culture. Briefly discuss why it is difficult to trust the accuracy of the anthropological evidence. The three cultures I have chosen to talk about in this essay are 'The Ik' culture, 'The Pomo Indians' and The Nayar Society of Southern India' The Ik is a culture from Northern Uganda. The Pomo Indians is a culture from (find out more info) and lastly, The Nayar Society is a culture from Southern India. I will also be mentioning some things from my culture, which is the Yoruba culture. The Yoruba tribe is from Nigeria (West Nigeria) When it comes to family, The Ik culture believes that family is not important at all. As it says in the source "The family does not feature heavily in the culture...." In this culture, as far as they are concerned, the family means very little to them. This is not because of cruelty or selfishness, but because of poverty. In the Ik, there is a daily struggle to survive from drought, famine and starvation. The Pomo Indians culture believes that family is basically all you need they believe that without family you are nothing. They strongly believe in consulting your family before you go on to do something. ...read more.

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and the father to go out to the farm during the day to plant crops, nurture them, and harvest. They also had the job of collecting the firewood that would b used to cook food, while it was the job of the daughter(s) and mother to stay at home, cook, clean and provide food for the rest of the family especially the males as they would be tired when they arrived home from the farm. Some people in my culture still believe in this way of life, while others go to a different life style. I.e.-females going out to work, men staying at home to do domestic chores and to look after children and other jobs that the women usually do. So, from looking at all the cultures I can see that my culture is totally different from all three cultures, but there is a similarity between the Pomo Indians culture, and my culture. This is the importance of family. Other things I noticed from these cultures that are similar to my culture are: 1. The Pomo Indians views on Old people. They think that these days, old people are not wise at all, that the old people from generations back were wise. This is not exactly similar to my culture, but in my culture some people believe that the old people from generations back were wiser than the old people in this generation. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is mostly opinion, because it say that the old people were very wise but it doesn't mention anything about the other generations, so from this, I am gathering that the old people had the highest status. Where as in the Nayar Society, I think that the wife had the highest status, as she had twelve husbands-even though they didn't look after her. In my culture the member of the family that has the highest status is the father-he is the one who controls what goes on in the house, which looks after the family in general (excluding cooking and domestic things) The sources of the information of the cultures could not be correct, or completely true-it could even be outdated. I.e.-The Ik culture information has been extracted from a book written in 1994. The culture could have changed COMPLETELY now that we're a new century. Some of the information could be bias opinion. Looking at the Pomo Indians sources, it seems to be as if somebody is talking from their experience so maybe the culture wasn't really how he/she is making it out to be, it could have been completely different, but this is just his/her opinion. If you look at the Nayar society information, you will see that there are parts where the word 'apparently' is used. This shows that the source is NOT completely sure whether this information is true or not. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ife Amusan-HT7 ...read more.

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