The Dietary Adjustments Of A Particular Culture

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The dietary adjustments of a particular culture is indicative of the cultural impact of another and is frequently exemplified throughout the colonial history of North America. Indeed, the incorporation of European food goods, such as alcohol, into the diet of the North American Indigenous Peoples is representative of the immense influence which the first explorers had on these early tribes (Lunn 1992). Furthermore, the transitional dietary modifications of the First Nations People of Canada’s north is a direct reflection of Western influence and the European attempt to assimilate these traditional societies according to Western idealism. Traditional dietary conversions correspond with the establishment and eventual sustainment of the Canadian North as a welfare state. Significant European influences are discernible within three major stages of socio-cultural changes in Northern First Nations’ food history: the trade-based economic and cultural influence of Hudson Bay Company during the 19th century; the Canadian government’s resettlement of Inuit away from traditional hunting-gathering communities in the mid-20th century; and the contemporary effects of industrial society-precipitated climate change on the traditional food supply. These Western influences have contributed to the traditional peoples’ dependence on government management and transitioned the societies of Canada’s North into a welfare state. The purpose of this research essay is to illustrate the connection
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