For many years it has been plain that the impact of our Western civilization was breaking native soc

For many years it has been plain that the impact of our Western civilization was breaking native soc

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Unformatted text preview: For many years it has been plain that the impact of our Western civilization was breaking native society into pieces, not only in the towns, but even in the very reserves set aside for its preservation. For a long time the full dangers were not seen, but fathers and sons and daughters went to work and sometimes never came back. Or sometimes came back to visit and smoked and swaggered through the kraals; and daughters flaunted a new and alien, terrifying sexuality. But even in them, old tribal decencies were still rooted deep. But the decay of decency had begun. We were blind to the fact that we were destroying the tribal culture. We were blind to the fact that one way of life cannot absorb another easily unless there are great similarities between them. We were blind to the fact that we could not change great numbers of native behavior patterns, and leave others unchanged and functioning. We were blind to the fact that native behavior patterns, and leave others unchanged and functioning....
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  • Fall '09
  • staff
  • behavior patterns, decencies, great cultural conflict., native behavior patterns, hardy tribal culture, native   society

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