Making the Familiar Strange
March 19, 2013
I'm taking an excellent online course via Coursera, called Aboriginal Worldviews and Education. This was the assignment for Week 1 -
Week 1 Peer Assessment Assignment: Make the Familiar Strange
Much of how the western world has come to know Indigenous people has been through the lens of Ethnographers and Anthropologists who view what they are seeing as strange, exotic and alien. Many times researchers are projecting their own Eurocentric fears and biases onto the people they are observing.
Write a short (maximum 250 words) ethnographic description of your chosen place. Using the ethnographic voice, describe your familiar place as though you are seeing it as an outsider for the first time. Your description should insightfully illuminate the cultural worldview operating implicitly in your familiar place.
This was my essay -
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