This course is not what I originally imagined. I figured I would be learning about the different avenues that anthropology covers and small details about each of those avenues. This class was set up around culture and the way different people live in different parts of the world. I also noticed that this class made you open up your eyes to the different cultures and gave detailed information videos on each one. Although each section and week were different from the next, it was evident that the overall theme tied back to culture and the different culture norms around the world. .
I am now going to talk about some of the different cultural norms I noticed around the world in some of the chapters. The movie in week 4 “A Village Without Women,” showed of three brothers that lived together near Albania. These men were all single and did not have wives even though they were the appropriate age to be married. The video itself showed of a particular man who wished of having a wife. The movie was showing that many times, women were bought by men and thus married to them. This was a certain cultural practice that is practiced by the people of that geographical location. In week five, “Pig Tusks and Paper Money,” showed of a man living in New Guinea that wished to start a bank. The movie showed of how the people used shells and pig tusks as currency for the area. Paper money was not adopted and to buy things, shell money was accepted by most places. The movie gave an insight of how the people traded food and other needed objects for shell money. It did not talk about any other places in the world using shell money as a key source of currency so again, that is a cultural practice only practiced by the people of that location. The last video I want to talk about is the video in week six, “Life and Debt.” In this video, multiple Jamaicans are shown. A major theme in this video is the impact of the different kinds of monetary influence that the Jamaicans face from places like the United States and other strong economic economies. These people sometimes struggle to even survive with the little amount of money they accumulate. Although many places in the world struggle with the little money they have, it is special to this certain geographic location because they are under so much influence from the United States and other powerful nations.
All in all, cultures are different around the world and if we look with open eyes and non-judgmental hearts, the differences can actually be beautiful.