Cultural Observation : Canova Beach

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The area for the anthropological culture scene observation was Canova Beach, located in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida. The observation was conducted starting at 0930 hrs. and lasted for twenty-five minutes, until 0955 hrs., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Indian Harbor Beach is located in Brevard County on the east coast of the state. Prior to the observing of a cultural scene, it is immensely important to understand what the anthropological concept of culture is. In 1871, The English anthropologist, Sir Edward Burnett Tylor created the first formal anthropological definition of culture: “Culture or Civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society”(Vandenbroek 2014, para.2). During this cultural observation, the anthropological concepts that will be examined will be: culture, society, language and communication and finally kinship. For the purpose of the observation, the concepts are defined as: culture is ideas and behaviors that are learned and transmitted and are not a genetic means of adaptation. Along with the understanding that society is the learned behavior patterns and thought that help a group adapt to its surroundings (Park 2015, p.G2). Language and communication being defined as the human communication by means of shared symbols in the form of sounds or representations of sounds (Park 2015, p.271). Last of the

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