Native vs. Dominant Society Values
Cultural Values Conflict
A strain on Native cultures that fine themselves colonized by an invading culture is that the dominant culture often demands the colonized to change their core cultural values to meet the expectations of the invader. This causes a dissonance, between what the Native cultures believe and practice and the demands of the oppressor. This condition can add to the historical trauma as the values and beliefs of a culture are challenged and oftentimes ridiculed and prohibited. This can cause disconnection with family, tribal members, and ancestors. For the individual it can cause shame, confusion, and self-hatred.
Native Values Dominant Society Values
Egalitarian/Group Support Individualistic/Promote the self
Extended family Nuclear family
Social responsibility at a young age Extended childhood
Sharing Accumulating for self
Group honors Individual honors
Old age/Elders valued Youth/the Young valued
Judged by action Judged by credentials
Moderation of speech Speed of speech
Respect for Nature Control Nature
Relative time Exact time
Holistic view of health Fix evident problem
Can you think of other Native cultural values and Dominant Culture values that operate in opposition?