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You are a member of a team of anthropologists studying a large and rather diverse group of people. These people have a primitive information and communication system called “Internet” that will provide you with a first glimpse of their culture. To begin examining this culture, the team decides to scan “Internet” for information on their rituals. 1. Read the “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” article in this text. 2. Using the Web sites listed at the bottom of this box as a starting point, investigate (scan) Internet for descriptions of one ritual. Be complete in your investigation, searching for symbolism and note how the ritual relates to a holiday or event. What does the ritual celebrate? Are there special roles in the event? Who participates? 3. Using a style similar to Miner’s, record your perceptions of one of the events from the list that follows. A sample description, “Observation of the Cultural Event Called Halloween,” appears on the next page. 4. Based solely on the information in your report, what kinds of stereotypes of American culture could result from these observations? College Graduation Ceremonies

Body Ritual Among the Nacirema

Diversity on the Web

You are a member of a team of anthropologists studying a large and rather diverse group of people. These people have a primitive information and communication system called “Internet” that will provide you with a first glimpse of their culture. To begin examining this culture, the team decides to scan “Internet” for information on their rituals.

1. Read the “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” article in this text.
2. Using the Web sites listed at the bottom of this box as a starting point, investigate (scan) Internet for descriptions of one ritual. Be complete in your investigation, searching for symbolism and note how the ritual relates to a holiday or event. What does the ritual celebrate? Are there special roles in the event? Who participates?
3. Using a style similar to Miner’s, record your perceptions of one of the events from the list that follows. A sample description, “Observation of the Cultural Event Called Halloween,” appears on the next page.

4. Based solely on the information in your report, what kinds of stereotypes of American culture could result from these observations?
College Graduation Ceremonies

• http://brownielocks.com/graduation_ceremony.html

• http://www.wrightwood.com/college.htm

• http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Delhi_times/An_underwater_degree_ceremony/articleshow/22050.cms

National Political Conventions

• http://people.howstuffworks.com/political-convention.htm
• http://wikipedia.org/wiki/united_states_presidential_nominating_convention
• http://en.wikiedia.org/wiki/political_convention
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

http://www.saintpatricksdayparade.com

Mardi Gras Parade

The Parades of Mardi Gras

Thanksgiving Parade

http://www.nyctourist.com/macys_menu.htm

Easter Parade

http://www.ny.com/holiday/easter

Rose Parade

http://www.tournamentofroses.com/aboutus/officialPhotos.asp

Adapted from “Nacirema Extended” by M. J. Allard from C. P. Harvey & M. J. Allard: Understanding and Managing Diversity 3rd ed. Prentice Hall, 2005.