Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Of Tribes and Cultures...

Culture, people groups, tribes, what are they really? What is it that makes one group into a culture/tribe and another just a subculture? Is it the fact that the world has its mind set on one way of doing things, and was not prepared for cultures/tribes to go global on them?

The definitions of Tribe, Culture, and Subculture are as follow:

Subculture: an identifiably separate social group within a larger culture, especially one regarded as existing outside mainstream society.

Culture: A. art, music, literature, and related intellectual activities, B. the beliefs, customs, practices, and social behavior of a particular people, C. a group of people whose shared beliefs or practices identify the particular place, class, or time to which they belong.

Tribe: A. a society or division of a society whose members have ancestry, customs, beliefs, or leadership in common, B. a large family (unofficial) , C. a group of people who have things in common such as an occupation, religion, social background, or political viewpoint.

With all that, I see they are much the same... yet uniquely different.  I wish I could travel more, and maybe even live among the Dine in my beloved Dine Bikeyah... if only my heath would a low it...

~ Traveller Gal, out!

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