Colonialism has plagued indigenous people worldwide and has spelled disaster for countless
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Colonialism has plagued indigenous people worldwide and has spelled disaster for countless cultures, languages, and traditions. Over the past 500 years there have been different phases of colonization in Africa as well as other various parts of earth. There were many reasons behind exploration and colonization including economic and tactical reasons, religion, and prestige. Colonialism has shaped the contemporary understanding of individuals from Niger as well as other parts of Africa and other places too, like the Chambri and Tlingit people; mainly in economics. Because of the colonial past of so many cultures, numerous indigenous people today face many issues. Today colonialism is still active, known as Neocolonialism, which has…show more content…
All three places experienced radical changes in economy due to colonialism. In Africa, colonialism has formed the modern understanding of politics. However, Africa faces related economic challenges, many African countries struggle with hunger and debt; some of these problems stem from colonialism. In Papua New Guinea, colonialism has reformed the modern perception of some ceremonial practices due to changes in the economy primarily brought on by colonialism. In addition, indigenous people of Alaska experience perplexing alterations in economy and the environment; due to gold and oil rich lands in the Yukon.
In addition, due to the colonial past of so many cultures, several indigenous people today face many issues that seem to never be properly addressed and create a domino effect. These issues include a wide range of health problems, poverty, confusion with self-identity and spiritual beliefs. Excellent examples of these issues are found within the various Native Nations of North America. Beginning with health problems in Native Americans in the US, according to the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, persistent issues with diabetes, drug and alcohol addiction, obesity, hypertension, cancer, and mental health are among the highest rates in the United States. Issues with self-identity,