Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Death of a Culture

In what ways can a culture die? How can a way of life for an entire group of people be completely lost -  their songs, poems, economy, religions, beliefs, and governments destroyed? After reading so much about the customs and practices of Okonkwo and his village, we have seen the demise of everything he held dearly in a just a few chapters.

Today we want to focus on the way that a culture can be taken over. In Things Fall Apart, we have read how the British missionaries with Mr. Brown has gained power in Okonkwo's village. How have Mr. Brown and his missionaries changed Okonkwo's village so quickly? What are some of the ways that other cultures in Africa were destroyed?

Read the last two sections on this article:

"Colonial Domination: Indirect Rule" and "Colonial Domination: Assimilation"

After reading, take notes in groups on the ways that an entire culture can be dominated.

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