250 word discussion Cultural Anthropology

The textbook discusses the process of assimilation. After viewing the film, Indian School: Stories of Survival, answer the following questions:

  1. What is the definition of assimilation?
  2. What happened to the Native American children in the film?
  3. Why did the American government decide to assimilate them into Western culture?
  4. How did this affect them long term?
  5. Is assimilating others into another culture ever justified?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.

  1. Givens, S. F. (Producer). (2011). Indian school: Stories of survival [Video]. Lincoln Park, MI: American Indian Services, Inc. Retrieved from the Films On Demand database.
    • This film discusses the United States government’s plan to systematically eradicate Native American culture by removing Native American children from their homes and putting them into Indian schools, where they would be acculturated into Western culture.