Enduring Cultures

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What is culture? What levels define culture? What distinguishes an enduring culture? What are legacies and their importance?

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Enduring Cultures

  1. 2. Enduring Cultures Victor Bradley 7 th Grade: Interdisciplinary Studies Cascade Middle School Sedro-Woolley, WA
  2. 3. What is Culture? The Individual: Culture with a little C <ul><li>What we value, hold dear, celebrate, and find sacred </li></ul><ul><li>Our families, our traditions, our customs, our past </li></ul><ul><li>Our town, our jobs, our schools, our environment. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Culture With A Big C <ul><li>Regional Culture: Pacific Northwest </li></ul><ul><li>National Culture: Living in the USA! </li></ul><ul><li>Hemispheric Culture: North vs. South </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Earth: The Global Village Interdependence, Connectedness and the World Economy </li></ul>
  4. 5. Connections: How Big C and Little C Fit Together <ul><li>National culture defines the individual in many ways: citizen, voter, freedom lover, American! </li></ul><ul><li>The individual is a unique expression of his or her background and traditions—collectively these individuals make up our larger culture, the big C, the USA in our case. </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance of differences and our diversity makes us greater collectively, our Big C stronger! </li></ul>
  5. 6. Enduring Cultures No culture is greater than another. However there are cultures whose legacies and gifts to humankind have endured. Enduring cultures have withstood the test of time, their legacies are timeless.
  6. 7. What Makes an Enduring Culture Withstand the Test of Time? <ul><li>Great Achievements Acknowledged Through the Centuries </li></ul><ul><li>Legacies, Architecture, and Arts that are still studied and honored today, generations even millenniums later. </li></ul><ul><li>Enduring Stories and Literature that are still read and enjoyed today </li></ul>
  7. 8. There are enduring cultures in every age and every hemisphere! <ul><li>The enduring culture of North America </li></ul><ul><li>Native American: first people, land of the 500 nations </li></ul><ul><li>Legacies: native art, stewardship, diversity </li></ul>
  8. 9. Enduring Cultures: Middle America <ul><li>Aztecs: Legacy >>solar calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Mayans: Legacy>>maize or corn </li></ul>
  9. 10. Enduring Cultures: South America <ul><li>Incas </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy: architecture </li></ul><ul><li>& potatoes </li></ul>
  10. 11. Enduring Cultures: Europe <ul><li>Many of our culture’s custom, values, traditions, and ways of life originated in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Our systems of knowledge, science, & philosophy primarily originated in Europe </li></ul>Ancient Greece Pericles
  11. 12. Enduring Cultures: Africa <ul><li>Ancient Egypt: one of the earth’s original cultures that evolved along the Nile </li></ul><ul><li>Incredible architecture: the Pyramids—eighth wonder of the world. </li></ul>Djoser’s Step Pyramid
  12. 13. Enduring Cultures: Asia <ul><li>China: one of the earth’s oldest and longest lasting cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Culture that actually invents many of the breakthroughs we claim to originate, such as printing press. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Oceania <ul><li>The aborigines of Australia </li></ul><ul><li>The roundabout and talking stick </li></ul>

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