Kwakwaka'wakw

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  • The Transformation Masks Of The Kwakwaka

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    The transformation masks of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture were ritual items. Kwakwaka’wakw does not refer to only one tribe but numerous others. Kwakwaka’wakw consists of 17 tribes in their nation in total that originally spoke the language. The kwakwaka 'wakw nation is found in the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada. The many different nation of the kwakwaka’wakw is extremely diverse, although there are commonalities. For example many of the groups relate that their ancestors roamed the world

  • The Effects Of Potlatches On The People Of The Coast, And When It Was Taken From Them

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    Potlatches are important to the people of the coast, and when it was taken from them, it was heartbreaking. How do you define a potlatch? During the potlatch ban, First Nations people would break the law by holding secret potlatches. Many of the elders in my home communities were kind enough to share stories of their family’s time during the ban. Children raised in the times of the potlatch banned, learned of their traditions through stories, as shown in Secret of the Dance. U’mista, a Kwak̓wala

  • Essay on Northwest Coast Tribal Art

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    Northwest Coast Tribal Masks This paper describes the Sea Bear Transformation Mask, created by Don Svanvik in 2000, and how it reflects Northwest Coast Indian art and culture, specific to the Kwakiutl tribe. A transformation mask is a large mask with hinged shutters that, when open, reveal another mask. Audrey and Alan Bleviss gave this mask to the Montclair Art Museum in 2005. The medium consists of red cedar, cedar bark, copper, pigment, and string. In the Montclair Art Museum, the mask is displayed

  • Totem Poles Definition

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    What are totem poles? Totem poles are monuments created by First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to represent and commemorate ancestry, histories, people, or events. Totem poles are typically created out of red cedar, a malleable wood relatively abundant in the Pacific Northwest, and would be erected to be visible within a community. Most totem poles display beings, or crest animals, marking a family’s lineage and validating the powerful rights and privileges that the family held. Totem poles

  • Ethnocentrism In Beauty

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    In our culture today there is an abundance of social rules of do’s and don’ts in public which can be said about every culture. I like to believe this is list is what defines a culture as well as what makes all cultures different and unique from each other. What I would like to know is if ethnocentrism has shaped or is visible. I want to know if the beauty industry in the west is influenced by the ways in which we view cultures differently from out history, I want to know how members of society are

  • Essay On Native American Tribal Music

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    Music is one of the most influential parts of cultures all over the world, but to the Native Americans it is pivotal. Native American tribal music is a very important part of most Native Americans' history, culture, and societies. Music is an extremely important role of Native American culture and history. Generally, it was one of the only methods that they had as a way to pass down traditions and their history from generation to generation. There wasn’t very much documentation of their history until

  • The Relationship Between Native Canadians And White Middle Class Population

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    Since the beginning of mankind, nature has played an important role in the growth and development of the given species. More so, it played an even bigger role when talking about the relation between the two ‘Canadian groups,’ natives and white men. Their cultural interaction shifts across the spatial context where people lived, worked and played. Since the late 19th century, the interaction between native Canadians and white middle-class population evolved around social and physical environments

  • Authentic Indias by Paige Raidbmon Essay

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    The first episode details the performance of a group of Kwakwaka’wakw at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Aboriginal migrant hop field workers in the Puget Sound area are the focus of the second episode and the third looks at the legal proceeding of 1906 wherein the Tlingit artist Rudolph Walton endeavors

  • Intervention Strategy : Educating People On Sacred Tobacco And Its History

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    Intervention Strategy 1: Educating People on Sacred Tobacco and its History Just like any culture, depicting what is sacred and what is not is always a constant battle. To be exactly sure where and when it started is very broad, due to the fact that Native American people revolve around an oral history, but is present is all history that is known today. There is not any solid evidence on traditions or cultures that Native American people practiced before European settlers moved in. More or so, what

  • The Cultural Wealth Of Western Culture

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    To many, Northwestern First Nations art appears primitive and simple, however, that understanding is narrow-minded and incorrect. In fact, First Nations art is powerful, bold, creative, and a tool to pass on the traditions, customs, legends, and histories of the First Nations people. Art is not just an abstract idea but is ingrained into their way of life. From baskets woven so tightly that the stitches look almost invisible, to beautifully crafted carvings and totem poles, all Northwestern indigenous

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