A response with personal views and points about Native Americans.
Indigenous cultures are declining in our society today. The fascinating Native
American Cherokee tribe makes a vital attempt to not assimilate into
normal American culture, having both positive and negative implications (for both American Society and the Cherokee Culture). The American government has a history of working to assimilate and normalize marginalized tribal people (Choney, 1995). The Cherokee traditions are still alive and practiced today but with various modifications. There are an estimated 250,000 federally recognized tribal members, with the majority living in Oklahoma and North Carolina. In attempt to keep order, the elder Cherokee developed a complex belief system that they passed down to new generations by means of ceremonies, stories and myths. Native Americas know too well that their worth is measured to a large extent that they do or do not assimilate into mainstream society and that if they don't get in step with the white world they will be viewed as parasites (Red Horse, 1982).
The Cherokee believe entirely in the concept that good is rewarded and
evil is punished. Assimilating into the popular culture of America would promote
or possibly tempt members into a selfish, ruthless environment. By choosing to
not assimilate they have the right to practice their beliefs without prejudice.
In keeping with their traditions they continue to perform their religious
ceremonies and festivals, although some tribes do so in modification. The
Cherokee do not celebrate our national holidays, but six religious holidays of their
own. The advantages to tribal seclusion on reservations is that there is no outside
influence on the younger generation with such things as music, violence and our
cultures materialistic values.
Reservation life is a key factor in maintaining the lifestyle and traditions
of a tribe. By living amongst each other they can celebrate their heritage,
traditions and lifestyle the way their forefathers did. Living in a close family like
atmosphere Native American techniques of art are still being taught and ...
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