Understanding Human Experience
This film brings to light the importance of ethnography, which is the process of recording and describing a culture of a specific people. It focused upon the Coeur d'Alene Indian's traits, patterns, and principles of coherent integration. This ethnographic film was a firsthand observation of the central characters. Watching this film allowed for a close-up view of modern cultural data of directly observable material items, individual behaviors and performances, as well as ideas and arrangements that exist only in people's heads (321). For example, Victor's parents split up, Thomas's grandmother raised him, and they both struggled with patterning themselves after the traditional image of how to be Indian. Each modern young man had varying views of their modern selves as Native Americans, which is a combination of their historical past, their environment, and the changes in culture (81). Therefore this ethnographic film allowed for participant observation via first hand accounts of the main character's lives and activities for

 
 
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