“International Interactions Always Have Negative Effects on Indigenous and Minority Cultures.”

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“International interactions always have negative effects on indigenous and minority cultures.” In general I agree with this statement; however in some cases there can be positive effects with international interactions with the minority and indigenous people. In this essay I will be debating on how international interactions effect indigenous and minority cultures and also how it may help or provide a positive effect on these cultures. Indigenous cultures have often suffered at the expense of globalisation and internationalisation. For an example when the Europeans arrived in Canada they began to make agreements and treaties with the indigenous people. The Indigenous people were often forced to give up their lands and take the agreement. This agreement has negatively affected the culture of the natives. Even though the natives seem to have good benefits such as having a “reserve” and they are granted with subsidies, this causes problems with the culture the natives have had for hundreds of years. This is because with subsidy the natives Is diverted away from growing food or native responsibilities. To this day the natives still have problems with agreements and treaties and most of all their way of life is impacted hugely by international interactions. Another example is the Danni people from the country of Indonesia. The Danni people have been isolated for many centuries; in 1950 a group of missionaries internationally interacted with the Dani people. The Indonesian government had tried to impact their culture with the Dani people but this has only caused problems between the relationships of those two cultures. With Indonesians wanting the Dani people to stop their traditions such as the “pig-kill ceremony”, The Dani people are too proud of their traditions to abandon them. With international interactions the Dani people are losing their culture for

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