Cross-Cultural in Outsourced Film

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Early in our nation's history, white settlement of the Americas began a long-standing tradition of misunderstanding and hostility between Native American tribes and United States society. Intercultural communication barriers lent themselves to assumptions and intolerance, which led to warfare, bloodshed, and the eventual destruction of an entire culture's traditional ways of life. Today, stereotypical representations of the "cowboys and Indians" of the 1800s continue to perpetuate hurtful misconceptions that further thwart attempts at understanding between the cultures. One motion picture, released almost two decades ago, served to demonstrate how a thoughtful, respectful approach across cultural boundaries might have resulted in a more…show more content…
In addition, Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond's concept of different communication codes also plays into this scene due to Stands With a Fist's limited memory of the English language and Dunbar's inability to understand the Lakota exchanges between Stands With a Fist and Kicking Bird. These factors combine to add a great deal of tension to the exchange because Stands With a Fist's fear of Dunbar's differences is explicitly demonstrated through her reserved behavior toward him, and Dunbar infers that she is uncomfortable but not the reasons why. Dunbar and Kicking Bird attempt to seek information about one another by asking questions and listening carefully to the answers. However, their efforts are thwarted by Stands With a Fist's initial reluctance to create what Beebe, Beebe, and Redmond (2008) refer to as a "third culture" (p. 111), in which the three could create an atmosphere of acceptance and find common ground upon which to learn about each other. Stands With a Fist could have acted as a more effective facilitator by using her prior knowledge of white culture to "develop mindfulness" (p. 113) of both Dunbar's and Kicking Bird's backgrounds to help them understand one another and answer each other's questions. Although the motion picture ends with a sense of certain doom for the Lakota people at the hands of white civilization, Dances With Wolves (Wilson & Costner, 1990) served to illustrate for millions of viewers the roles sensitivity and mutual respect can play

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