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Shifting Perspectives: Native American Culture in a Modern World

1mo ago
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Throughout our history, Native American society has been repressed and misunderstood. Over the past 50 years, however, many changes have occurred, allowing Native Americans to once again remember and practice their cultural traditions. As a non-Native person, my understanding of their culture was limited to stereotypes learned through school and media. But I wanted to go beyond my shallow perspective in order to view Native peoples on an individual level. My quest was to create a documentary exploring Native American culture in today's world, specifically within the tribes near Los Angeles. To do this, I attended several cultural events and interviewed both Native and non-Native people. My goal was to find out not only how traditions have changed within Native American society, but also how the white perspective has or should continue to change in regards to Native culture. In this film, I sought to answer how Native traditions have adapted for the modern world and how Native people seek to remember their heritage and share their culture with others. Through this journey, I realized that I could only touch on the complexities and diversity within Native culture. But I hope that by watching my documentary, the viewer will want to learn more and develop an appreciation for the Native worldview.