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Native American Consumers in Counseling and Rehabilitation Research Paper

… Native Americans

Health and Alcohol Counseling for Native Americans

Native American populations are among the more notoriously disadvantaged demographics in the United States today. Following generations of genocide, Native Americans have largely persisted in the sad state of affairs created by relegation to reservation life. Here, Native Americans often live in isolation from broader society and the socioeconomic, educational and professional opportunities present there within. A byproduct of these conditions is the intersection of negative health indicators, negative mental health indicators and high risk susceptibility to drug and alcohol abuse. As the discussion hereafter reveals, the intersection of conditions such as diabetes, alcoholism, drug dependency and depression demands outreach through both counseling and rehabilitation channels.

Before exploring these channels, it is appropriate to acknowledge some…. [read more]

Native Americans a Strong Connection Term Paper

… The only thing that makes sense to them is to find better and faster ways to go about enacting that destruction.


While there have been positive initiatives of late regarding Native American rights -- such as the U.S.'s reversal of the Bush administration's position on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people, which, in dropping its opposition, recognizes the rights of indigenous peoples to self-determination, cultures, and traditions, and also forbids any type of discrimination against them -- there are also still challenges that Native Americans face today. Many of these challenges are new for the Native American population.

One recent challenge Native Americans in Canada face is living downstream of toxic tar sand mines. The population has thus experienced major…. [read more]

American Art John Gadsby Chapman Research Paper

… American Art

John Gadsby Chapman, "Baptism of Pocahontas"

John Gadsby Chapman painted "Baptism of Pocahontas" to proudly establish white male hegemony as the underwritten social code of the United States of America. Although it was likely the artist's intention to evoke feelings of wonder and awe of how God blesses America and converts its native heathens, the impression for the Native American viewer must have been far different.

This painting was commissioned in 1839 and hung in 1840 in the Capitol rotunda. The timing is significant. This was the peak time for Manifest Destiny. The Oregon Trail was being established, and Westward expansion was beginning. The Indian Removal Act had been passed. The Seminoles in Florida were revolting. This was a time of great turmoil…. [read more]

21st Century Race Gender Class and Ethnicity Issues for Native American Indians Essay

… Native Media

Stereotypes and the Impossibility of Objective Identity: The Case of the Native American in Popular Media

The history of the United States, as most people the world over are well aware, has not exactly been a history of peaceful coexistence between divers groups of people with different perspectives, attitudes, and values. Though the country has been dubbed "the melting pot" and truly does support a very ethnically diverse population, its history has been more concerned with eliminating difference and creating similarities than it has been with preserving the individual cultures that came here to be "melted." Of course, there are certain ethnic strains that remain quite vibrant and noticeable, primarily in their culinary contributions: Italian restaurants, Mediterranean cuisine, Polish sausages and the now…. [read more]

Native American History Term Paper

… The purpose of Tracks was to tell its audience about the history, which lay behind the American Natives. Albert Hurtado and Peter Inverson in their novel Major Problems in American Indian History focus this similar theme. The book intends to relate the Indian history by revealing extensive, dissension and pedagogic diversity. The novel once again points out the many problems faced by the Indians, which is told in a form of a story in Tracks by Nanapush.

Erdrich Louise's work Tracks have been critically analyzed for the tensions between Christianity and Chippewa religion. Many say that the tension between the two is probably due to the multi-cultural heritage of the writer herself. Like any other people, the Chippewa Indians are highly spiritual and turn to…. [read more]

Native American Children's Literature Term Paper

… Folklore

Teaching Native American Folklore to Children

This paper will examine Donna Norton's typology of Native American folklore and examine how this typology can be a useful pedagogical tool when approaching a diverse student body and when teaching a multicultural curriculum.

Classifying Native American folklore into different types of tales, such as "Setting-the-World-in-Order Tales," "Family Drama Tales," "Trickster Tales," "Threshold Tales" and "Combination Tales," is not simply an effective way to introduce aspects of native culture to young children in a diverse classroom (Norton 2005: 82-87). It can also be a powerful method to draw connections between the children's own cultures and Native American mythology. For example, "Trickster Tales" are "common in folklore all over the world," perhaps the most culturally pervasive kind of tale…. [read more]

American West and Brazil, the People Term Paper

… American West and Brazil, The People Who Lived There First

The American West and Brazil: The People Who Lived There First

This paper addresses the Native American population in the West and compares it with the indigenous people of Brazil. While many people may feel as though there are no commonalities between these two groups, there actually are many similarities that can be addressed. The main similarity, however, and the issue dealt with in the following pages, is the fact that both of these groups of people have been displaced from what was rightfully theirs by others for reasons beyond their control and reasons that they most likely did not understand and would not agree with.

The Native Americans were displaced over colonization and Manifest…. [read more]

City Upon a Hill Term Paper

… ¶ … City upon a Hill is associated with the sermon given by John Winthrop in 1630. This sermon, according to many experts, was delivered before the Puritan colonists actually landed in New England. Winthrop sees the establishment of a Puritan colony in Massachusetts as an example of Christian values and charity and states that this colony should be an example to the world or a beacon of light and hope. In other words it should be like a city on a hill which would serve as an inspiration to people throughout the world. It is based on the phrase from Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid."

The intention of the sermon was…. [read more]

Does Immigration Hurt American Workers? Term Paper

… ¶ … Immigration hurt American Workers

The era of globalization can be seen as one of the most remarkable periods in the history of human kind. There is an endless and unlimited access to markets around the world, to resources, and to an endless variety of workforce. It is often considered to be a real revolution with similar impact as the industrial revolution or the bourgeoisie revolution. The information era we live in has made available to the production forces around the world the entire array of labor in the world, without any regard for national barriers or cultural differences.

The United States, as one of the most important countries in the world has attracted tens of millions of immigrants in search for a better…. [read more]

Sacred Pipe Black Elk Essay

… Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." The Making of Relatives certainly speaks to the idea that all humans are part of God's creation. I wondered, then, and will read more of Black Elk's writings at a later date; how then did the Lakota people reconcile this oneness of humanity with the terrible way they were treated by the Westward Expansion into their territories, the bloody carnage, the slaughter of the buffalo, and the eventual "incarceration" onto reservations?

Chapter 7 (Preparing for Womanhood) -- When one studies other cultures, one often finds that there are sacred rituals that help prepare what we would call adolescents into adults. Each culture has a different set of rituals, but all seem…. [read more]

Japanese American Internment During World War II an Ethnographic Survey Term Paper

… Anthropology

Japanese-American Internment during the Second World War:

An Ethnographic Survey

The interning of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War ranks among the most infamous episodes of American history. Cores of thousands of men, women, and children - many of them native born citizens of the United States - were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast and held under detention in camps in the interior portions of the country. The reason given for these extraordinary measures was one of wartime necessity, the need to eliminate potentially subversive elements from the general population. Japanese-Americans, being of different race, ethnicity, and cultural background than the vast majority of Americans were viewed as an alien population living in the midst of the nation's cities, towns,…. [read more]

Importance of Humanities Term Paper

… ¶ … Humanities

Even with the fact that humanities have generally shaped their understanding of life as a whole, many individuals are unable to understand the important role that they played across time and today. People unknowingly receive significant information during their lives as a result of the fact that they have access to humanities. As a result of coming across humanities-related topics, individuals are probable to experience success in a series of domains ranging from poetry to business and warfare. The expression "walk a mile in one's shoes" applies perfectly when considering humanities, taking into account that an individual can actually learn how it would be to experience such an event as a result of being provided with information through studying the humanities.

When…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast Two Minority Cultures in NM Essay

… New Mexico: Mexican-Americans and Native Americans

New Mexico is particularly recognized for the multitude of cultures residing within its borders. Although a great deal of people cannot tell the difference between Native Americans and Mexican-Americans, these two ethnic groups are actually very different in culture and traditions. The most plausible reason for which the masses find it difficult to distinguish between Mexicans Americans in New Mexico and Native Americans in New Mexico is because the two ethnic groups are very similarly in genetics. Also, the fact that both groups have their origins on the American continent contributes to their association.

In order for most people to understand how Mexican-Americans are different from Native Americans one can take into consideration Hispanics and Amerindians. Mexican-Americans are Hispanic…. [read more]

Culturally Responsive After School Programs for Native American Youth White Paper

… Culturally Responsive Programs

Culturally-Responsive After School Programming

Native American youth are too often overlooked when social workers are crafting programs that reach "at risk" populations. While those programs are generally available to youth in need without regard to ethnicity, Native American youth may have particular challenges and needs that go unmet unless programs are specifically targeted at them. In the state of California, where the second largest population of Native Americans can be found, some innovative after-school and outdoor adventure programs have emerged. These programs were formed with Native Americans specifically in mind as a target population; as a result, they are better able to focus on specific needs and expectations associated with that population. This essay will begin with an overview of the Native…. [read more]

Luigi Persico's "Discovery of America" Was Placed Term Paper

… Luigi Persico's "Discovery of America" was placed at large stairway of the east facade of the Capitol and after considerable protests from the masses it was removed permanently in 1958 (Jaffe, 2008). The first look at the statue without going in to historical perspective depicts a hostile scenario between the studious man holding a spherical object high above the bowed and perplexed women, inappropriately dressed and tribal. Historically it represents the American hero that everyone in America agrees upon; someone who is accepted across various regions and ethnicities. Christopher Columbus was the earliest "founding father" for American Nation, being remembered due to his goodness, solemnity and inventiveness besides librating Native Americans from their barbarian ways (Brown, 2007) the removal of statue represents a gradual change…. [read more]

Southwest Native Americans Essay

… Southwest Native Americans

Long before the Spanish had set foot on American soil, Native American tribes had been living a thriving life on the continent. The Pueblo people have gotten their name from the Spanish conquerors most probably because of their houses (which had been named pueblos) and the adobe material used for building them. The Pueblos are organized into several tribes around the Southwest deserts. Unlike all most of the Native Americans that have been chased away from their homes, the Pueblos peacefully lived in their homeland and still live today. (Frances Levine)

The Pueblo history goes back to the time of basket makers, approximately 1000 BC when the nomad tribes of hunters and gatherers had decided to settle down. Some of the first…. [read more]

U.S. Hispanic Groups Mexican-American Research Paper

… S. over the past 60 years is much more complex than other Hispanic groups because of recurrent periods of political turmoil and violence. For example, in the 1980s the drug trade turned otherwise law-abiding citizens into drug mules and money launderers because social policy changes led to skyrocketing unemployment (Guarnizo, Luis and Diaz, 1999, p. 402-403). A percentage of these Colombians never returned and others became integral to the drug trade outposts in the U.S.

The cycles of turmoil and violence, and the nature of the drug trade, has forced Colombians into being distrustful of anyone not in their immediate family (Guarnizo, Luis and Diaz, 1999, p. 403-404). Skin color and class also stratify social networks, such that light-skinned, white-collar Columbian Americans do not mix…. [read more]

Native American Language Term Paper

… Native American Words in American English

Native American Influence on American English

American society evolved through the interactions of many different cultures and peoples who came to America to make a new life. Our language today is the result of blending that occurred as these immigrants tried to communicate and conduct their daily business. Communication represents an agreement among two people about the meaning that is attached to a certain word, phrase or non-verbal gesture. In the beginning, the two communicators struggle to discover each other's meaning, but as time goes on they soon develop a unique form of communication that is based on agreed meanings.

When the first immigrants arrived in the New World they discovered that it was not empty. They found a…. [read more]

American Anthropology Jaguars Research Paper

… The great importance of crocodilians to the Olmec people probably also stems from the fact that they were a major source of protein for these people. Crocodilians were even traded as food, ornamental material, or religious symbols. It is no wonder that crocodilians were deified, as part of the purpose of religion is an attempt to control and explain one's environment. Crocodilians posed a very real threat to human life in Mesoamerica. It is thus no shocking discovery that they were honored and worshipped for their power.

Stylistically, it can be argued that the features of the "were-jaguar," such its feathery eyebrows, are actually the crests above the eyes of crocodilians and the V-shaped cleft on the head is "derived from the cleft between a…. [read more]

French Fur Trade Term Paper

… ¶ … discovery of the "New World" came an increased need for European nations be competitive for resources. The concept of mercantilism that drove European political and economic understanding argued that there were limited resources and that power is granted to the class of individuals who can first recover this source of wealth. When French and English governments saw that the Spanish returned from America filled with reservoirs of precious metals and gold, they also wanted to be included in the wealth of discovery. Even as Columbus continued to comb the West Indies, both France and England sent explorative teams to the northern reaches of the American continent. Through their discoveries one of the most important early products from America was commoditized. By the time…. [read more]

Sandia Mountains Environmental History Essay

… Railroads put an end to the traditional geographical isolation of the Pueblos by the 1880s. Electricity came to Sandia Pueblo in 1952, followed shortly by natural gas, indoor plumbing, and automobiles (New Mexico State Record Center and Archives 2012). Technology influenced the lives of the Pueblo people but did not weaken their bond to the region.

The Sandia people are intensely religious, holding a deep connection to the Sandia Mountains. Religion and life are inseparable in traditional Pueblo culture. The Pueblo ideal embraces a way of life that is in harmony with all of nature. Pueblo beliefs hold that there are sacred mountains in each direction, plus the sun above and earth below, and that these define and balance the Pueblo world. Many Pueblo religious…. [read more]

Race Minority Groups in America Native Americans Essay

… Race

Minority Groups in America

Native Americans who live in the United States are the original people of North America within the borders of the current continental United States, parts of Alaska, and in Hawaii. They are made up of many, distinctive tribes, states, and ethnic groups, many of which continue to exist as integral political societies (Johansen, 2005).

After the original colonies broke away from Great Britain and set up the United States of America, President George Washington and Henry Knox put together the plan of civilizing Native Americans in groundwork for United States residency. Incorporation, whether on their own or required, became a regular rule through American administrations. Throughout the 19th century, the philosophy of Manifest destiny became essential to the American nationalist…. [read more]

Archaeological Artifacts Repatriation Essay

… In 1990, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) obligated federal museums and collections to restore to Native American tribes skeletal remains, grave goods and sacred objects - including those excavated or collected as early as the mid-nineteenth century. The problem with NAGPRA is that it does not extend to claims made outside the country, but nonetheless may serve as example to other foreign institutions. (IIP Digital, 2010)

Nonetheless, it seems to me that the laws are too few and cover too limited a terrain as well as not being strong or internationally binding. There are western countries that still need to repatriate their museum artifacts, and conventions such as the NAGPRA do not apply to privately held materials or to collections outside…. [read more]

Immigration and the Effect on the Color Line in America Today Research Proposal

… Immigration and the Effect on the Color Line in America Today

The color line in America is one that is drawn in the southern most regions of the country at the border of legal immigration vs. illegal immigration, and, elsewhere, at the ideological crossroads of capitalism vs. socialism, or Christianity vs. Islam. The latter, is distinguished as a color line only because those whom hold those ideological ideals judge others by their absence of those same ideals. It is the perception of most Americans that illegal immigration is a majority Hispanic; socialism, right or wrong, is represented by Asian sectors of what they perceive as an outdated Cold War era and one that should have ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the…. [read more]

Shaman as a Spiritual Specialist in Indigenous Cultures Thesis

… Shaman as a Spiritual Specialist in Indigenous Cultures

The Shaman as a Spiritual Specialist

Exploring the world of the shaman and shamanic perceptions of reality means that we have to question many of the assumptions and views that we have of life and reality. In order to understand the reality that the shaman inhabits we have to 'bracket' our modern views of the way that human beings relate to the world and to nature. By this I mean that many of the common modern scientific views of the world and of what reality is are put into doubt when we explore the shamanic world view, and we finds that our views are very different to the way that the shaman sees the world, nature and…. [read more]

Illegal Immigrants in the U.S Term Paper

… ¶ … illegal immigrants in the U.S. And the possibility of legalizing their status. The article shows: how illegal immigration is currently being dealt with, the views of people on the issue and the flexibility being exhibited by the government. The author makes it clear that while illegal immigration has always been a problem for the country and most people feel country must be protected against such immigration, still illegal entrance into the U.S. should not be criminalized. Very few, if any, percentage of people interviewed supported felony status, the rest felt that while it was not correct to let illegal immigration prosper, there was also no particular need for categorized it as a crime or serious offence.

Illegal immigration is a problem, which the…. [read more]

Possible Influence of Latin Migration in the American Way of Life Research Paper

… ¶ … Latin American Migration in the American Way of Life

Latin immigration was not a major problem in the beginning to the United States.

It was even encouraged for the construction of the railroad system across the borders. Mexican workers were also recruited to fill labor force shortages under the Bracero Accord. But when the labor supply stabilized, immigration policies became restrictive and discouraged the flow of migrants into the U.S. The Immigration Reform and Control Act or IRCA is a main example. Mexican immigration became a cause for concern in the 1900s due to world events, which affected the U.S. The U.S. was sending its men to the First World War. Businesses faced a problem about laborers. Women must fill the job vacancies…. [read more]

Compare and Contrast American Music and Asian Term Paper

… American and Asian Music

As an Asian student taking a "History of American music" class, I have been learning many new things about American music. This is not a type of music that I usually listen to. I usually listen to Pop music from my own country, China. Specifically, I enjoy listening to the Chinese pop ballad, or K-pop. While I enjoy listening to Pop or soft music, I hate strong types of music such as rock, rock and roll, or rap. By contrast, Asian Pop always makes me feel very relaxed and comfortable. Starting this class, I had my doubts about actually enjoying the music that we would study. However, after a month in this class, I had the opportunity to expand my horizons…. [read more]

Reducing Health Disparities Among African-American Women Term Paper

… Reducing Health Disparities among African-American Women with Metabolic Syndrome

In the past few years, the increasing number of health disparities among African-American women, specifically those ages 35 to 50 with metabolic syndrome, have raised concern and awareness among health care organizations, policy makers and citizens alike. Racial and ethnic minorities experience higher rates of a variety of health concerns than other populations. Research indicates that just a few years ago, nearly 8% of whites were considered to be in fair or poor health compared to nearly 13% of Hispanics / Latinos, nearly 14% of African-Americans and more than 17% of Native Americans. The proposed research project targets this severe problem affecting women in the African-American community. The specific community to be studied involves African-American women…. [read more]

Freemasons Contributions to Today's Society Essay

… Freemasons Contributions to Today's Society

Depending on perspective, Freemasons have either been a widely misunderstood group of people who have made invaluable contributions to American society, or a group of people whose primary goal is to destroy Christianity, and, perhaps, bring about Armageddon. There is evidence to support the idea that Freemasons were an invaluable part of the beginning of America; after all, army leader and first President George Washington was a Freemason. In contrast, there is no evidence to support the idea that the Freemasons are a secret-society whose goal is to destroy Christianity. However, the fact that many of the Founding Fathers were Freemasons does not save the group from suspicion. One must recall that the Founding Fathers all came from the upper-class…. [read more]

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