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Signs and Symbols, Routines and Rituals

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    • Unit 2: Who Has Culture?
      What are the sights and sounds of culture?
    • “I Am Canadian!”
    • The Canadian
      I am not a lumberjack or a fur trader.
      I don’t live in an igloo or own a dogsled,
      and I don’t know Jimmy or Suzy or Sally from Canada although I am certain they are really, really nice.
      I have a Prime Minister, not a President.
      I speak English and French, not American.
      I pronounce it “about”, not “aboot”.
      I can proudly sew my nation’s flag on my backpack.
      I believe in Peacekeeping, not policing,
      Diversity, not assimilation,
      And that the Beaver is a proud and noble animal.
      The toque is a hat,
      A Chesterfield is a couch,
      And “Z” is pronounced “zed”, not “zee”, “zed”.
      Canada is the second largest land mass, the first nation of hockey and THE BEST PART OF NORTH AMERICA!
      My name is Joe, and I AM CANADIAN!
      • Is this an accurate portrayal of Canada?
      In what way?
      • Is there truth in anything he is saying?
      Is this rant a cultural statement?
      • Look at the collection of images on the following slide.
      • In your group, try to find connections amongst the images.
      Group them in a logical fashion
      Classify the images
      How are they similar? How are they different?
      *Record your group’s conclusions.
      In your group:
    • What’s the connection?
    • SIGNS
      • A sign is any object that represents something else.
      • Signs have one meaning.
      • Signs can be imposed on us or agreed upon.
      • An example of a sign is an exit or stop sign.
      • Traffic lights (green = go; yellow = stop; red = stop)
      Other examples of signs:
      • Symbols have more than one meaning.
      • They can represent many qualities at once.
      • Physical representations that represent an invisible idea, belief, reality, etc.
      • Crucifix
      Other examples of symbols:
      • Singular surface meaning
      • Do not involve any symbolic actions
      • Completing homework daily
      Other examples of routines:
      • Rituals involve symbolic actions, gestures or movements.
      • Rituals have deeper meanings.
      • Not all rituals are religious.
      • The Sacraments
      Baptism, Confession, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, Sacrament of the Sick
      Other examples of rituals: