Jerry Large

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In the specific chapter, the author notes that the Culture in the United States finds it difficult to tolerate other cultures with diverse beliefs as it is buried in its own superiority. Some tribes have been trying to reassert its practice to hunt whales, an activity that defines part of their culture.  For these cultures, hunting whales are not just about food rather for their very identity as a culture. However, the trends show that people may as well have more value on whales compared to other important animals and issues. More attention is paid to whales. The author recognizes that whales are special animals to most people who admire them. But for certain cultures, whales are seen differently. They have a special place in these cultures. It’s therefore not in the long-term interest of these cultures to be seen as whale killers. Just like any other culture, they are not alone in the great effort to define themselves. This has been a challenge that changing circumstances would bring to any group eventually. But it is more difficult when the group is small in the midst of a large, dynamic society.

The book is relevant to Ethnic Studies course. From the book, it is clear that members of a different culture do not share similar interpretations and similar visions of the world around them. Those representation and differences are evident in the cultural practices performed by each group. Additionally, culture and groups intertwined in different ways.

The book is helpful. It helps in the realization that diverse groups bring in their own cultural backgrounds and experiences which may conflict with other cultures.  It is, therefore, important to appreciate distinctive cultures, practices followed and rituals observed as they are rooted in the unique interactions of group members.

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