CULTURE IS LEARNED BEHAVIOR

Acting, Thinking, Feeling, living, or "Oughtness"


NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE            WHITE AMERICAN CULTURE

TIME:

Present Orientation                Future Orientation
Happening now                      Schedule
Let it happen                      Make it happen

NATURE:

Live in Harmony with nature        Use nature/exploit/hold dominion
All creation equal                 Mankind superior to other nature

SELF:

Possessions easily given away      Possessions given away with
                                   difficulty
Security from ability to provide   Security by planning ahead
Patient/passive temperment         Anxious/aggressive temperment

COMMUNITY:

Extended family                  Immediate/exclusive family
Aged useful, highly respected    Aged are cared for but not useful
People highly valued above       Material things valued
     material things                     (above people?)
Singlestrata society             Multistrata society
Conformity in society            Competition in society
Noninterference in other's       Involvement in other's 
     lives/choices                     lives/choices
Leadership chosen through        Leadership chosen through
     past performance                  future promises
Psychological discipline         Physical discipline
Nonverbal communication          Verbal Communication
Picture thinking                 Conceptual/abstract thinking
Humor via people/situation       Humor via subtle situation/
    self takes "humiliation"        double meanings/others take
                                 humiliation
Learning via observation/        Learning via lecture
    demonstration
Highest values:                  Highest values:
    Honesty,trust,respect        Money, possition, reputation,
    loyalty, giving                  immediate family

Greatest "sins":                 Greatest "sins"                
Lying, disrespect                Murder, abuse of family members, 
      
    (especially of elders),          theft, adultry.
    abuse of family, greed, 
    selfishness.

Nancy Vogt,
nancyv@citilink.com, September 1994.