HSM 250 Week 1 Written Assignment My Cultural Identity
HSM 250 Week 1 Written Assignment My Cultural Identity
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My Cultural Identity My Cultural Identity Axia College My Cultural Identity 2 My Cultural Identity Each person s cultural identity is as varied as a fingerprint Culture is defined by our textbook in many ways but the definition it lists which fits best is the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another Flexner 1993 The way we define ourselves as people is affected by the groups and cultures with which we associate Our families friends coworkers and members of our culture teach us and emulate behaviors which are considered acceptable and desirable As we grow and mature our values and circumstances may change but we will always be associated with at least one dominant culture and more than likely several subcultures Our cultural identity is based on all the aspects of the culture and sub cultures that build us to become the people we are and hope to become When defining my cultural identity using Appendix C from our assignment I found it difficult to label the traits I see as important in my life with random numbers I believe that each of these little pieces of oneself adds up to a total but the importance or that makeup change depending on our phase of life Being male is not a choice I was given I was born male However being a male in this society does carry with it some privilege not necessarily earned and theoretical responsibilities My father was neither a good role model nor provider but it is important to me that I be both Age is another aspect of who I am but it does not dictate the person that I am I don t relate as well to the issues of a twenty year old as to that of an adult in my phase of life I still do many things such as hunt and fish avidly that people who are younger consider their territory I believe that age is indeed a number but maturity is completely separate I consider My Cultural Identity 3 myself and my family to be middle class We may run our own business but we are far from rich financially We make do by working hard and keeping our faith strong I will admit that we have more than some others have but toys and money are not something readily had in our home The fact we live in California is not one of the major factors which defines who I am Geographical location does affect lifestyle but since we live in a small town which values the farming lifestyle it could be any rural area in the United States I may not have to shovel snow as I did in Montana but we deal with other climate issues The most important aspect of my cultural identity is my heritage I am Native American from the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana I value the cultural language spiritual and belief patterns of my people Many of the situations I grew up with on the reservation were not pleasant but I did learn from them Respect for my elders and nature are among two concepts that will stick with me always I firmly believe there is a strong connection that should never be broken between people and nature Being married with a child does affect the person I have become in life Having a person who I am dedicated to as a partner and a child who depends on me has made me a stronger man I feel I am providing for my own needs as well as some of theirs and that is important to me If I had walked through life alone I know I would be a much different person In the dominant culture of this country men are expected to find their mates and help raise children My spiritual beliefs also carry a great weight in the person that I have become I am a practicing Fundamental Baptist while still keeping my Native American spirituality intact My faith in God gives me a sense of calm and helps me believe there is My Cultural Identity 4 a power higher than myself which helps direct my life I believe that the lack of spiritual values in many people is what makes them weak and lost As a youth I often felt lost and hopeless Today I feel I am on the right path to becoming all that I can potentially be The last two aspects which were addressed in this exercise deal with my profession and my political values I am a business owner and rancher by trade This requires me to work hard and for very long hours at times The feeling of independence that owning my own business provides makes me feel secure and satisfied The culture of the United States as a whole values people who will work hard to get what they want in life I know that I have worked hard to get where I am and I do believe that with hard work others can find their niche Much of my work ethic has come from having very little in my young life and wishing for a better life in my future My political beliefs are conservative I believe that the values that helped establish this country were developed to help people become successful and independent with all the rights and responsibilities that entails Government needs to step back from our lives and let us continue to fight for the things we want in life The more they in uence our daily lives the less control we have on what can and cannot be achieved I think the reason much of where our dominant culture is heading is related to certain people feeling that they must control all aspects of our lives My personal cultural identity is affected by all the aspects of our lives and culture that were addressed in this exercise and many more I expect as I grow older that my views and opinions will change to some degree However with many of my identity traits being strongly in uenced from my past I do not think they will change to the extreme I My Cultural Identity 5 do realize that each person has their own identity and I value their basis for determining which is important to them My cultural identity does affect the way I interact with other people and society My beliefs and values are important to me as a person just as theirs are to them I try my best to always understand that not all people have the same basis of heritage or emphasis on what they consider to be important in their lives When I deal with people I keep in mind that I may see things differently than they do but it is my responsibility to be fair and not judge them based on these differences I was taught that respect must be earned however I feel within myself that all people should be respected until they prove they are no longer worthy of that respect Because I feel that all people are connected through being humans I do my best to stay openminded I carry high expectations for myself and those around me because I find people will only rise to the level that is expected of them most of the time Valuing each individual s cultural identity makes us more willing to accept people for who they are while still allowing us to help them become the best people they can be We pass our cultural identities down to other generations while still allowing them to build their own identity through interaction with whatever culture and groups they find themselves My Cultural Identity 6 My Cultural Identity 7 References Schmidt J J 2006 Social and cultural foundations of counseling and human services Multiple influences on selfconcept development Boston Pearson Education Inc
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