Analysis Of The Book ' A Different Mirror '

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During the past several years new generations have changed over time just like the Native Americans were forced to change their cultural identity in order to fit in. In the book “A Different Mirror” the Author speaks about the idea of Native Americans changing their ways of life in order to fit with the English colonists. Ronald takaki stated “To become civilized, Jefferson believed, Indians had to give their hunting way of life and transformed themselves into farmers” (Takaki p.g46). It also, mentions how Native Americans were forced to change their cultural behaviors in order for them to be accepted into American society and as a result it caused lack of knowledge in their cultural background for other generations to have. Similarly, other ethnic groups have gone through similar cultural changes, such as Middle Easterners; both cultures have changed specific things like clothes, language and religion in order to suitable for the American society.
American society pressures affected continually on Native Americans and Middle Easterners to change the way they dress and their cultural identity to be suitable for American society. In some tribes Native American men wear a long rectangular piece of cloth tucked over a belt, so that the flaps fell down in front and behind (breechclouts or breechcloths) and sometimes with leather leggings attached in colder climates and in other tribes men wear a short kilt or fur trousers instead of a breechcloth. Native American women

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