Grade 6 Anthropologists Analyse their Artifacts

There is so much more to culture than food, festivals, and language. This is what the Grade 6s are beginning to realize.

In their own words...

Zarah expresses herself quite eloquently.

Chinese calligraphy, where people take pride in their alphabets. The paintbrush glides smoothly over handmade paper to create symbols which have multiple meanings attached to them.

Jasmine says," This poem is all about trying hard till you succeed. I like it especially because I understand the value of setting goals in my life"

Imani holds up a cotton dress. There is more to the dress than its bright colours and bold patterns. Each piece of material has a message.

Imani says,"One chooses these pieces based on these messages before gifting it to others. In our culture, we value people, society."

Ms. Naini has one.

She says, "I am looking for someone to translate this auspicious message for me. Anyone?"

Miu holds up her childhood dress from South Korea. It is more than just a colourful and vibrant reflection of her culture ...

Miu says, " Did you know that the type of clothing you wore reflected whether you were from nobility or belonged to the common class."

Geert Hofstede (b. October 2, 1928) identified this aspect of culture as the Power-Distance index. If you want to know more about it, come into our classrooms and have a chat with our resident anthropologists!

Maoko's treasure. A photograph of her great-great grandparents.

Maoko says, " We value who we are . My mum insists that I take this artifact home in case anything happens to it. The frame is made of snake skin." Isn't it interesting how people like to know who their ancestors are? It seems that if we do know who they were, we begin to understand a little bit more about ourselves. And that is the mystery that almost everyone is trying to solve, isn't it?

Who am I?

Yes, clothing is at the tip of the culture iceberg, but if we dig a little bit deeper and look at the intrinsic nature of culture, we begin to realize that clothing and artistic expression are the same. The Japanese people create art out of ordinary things.

Yui says, " We often wear this dress during important festivals to show a sense of community. We value our culture very much."

You would think Abigal is American at first glance, but she reveals something interesting about herself. Part of her ancestry  is Native American!

Abigal says, "Am I not interesting?!"

That is a rhetorical question of course...

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