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Anthropology is the scientific research of human beings and their ancestors.The study uses fundamental factors that are associated with human beings livelihood.This are time and space that relates to any human being’s physical character,the environment that surrounds the human being and hi or her cultural and social relationship…
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Download file to see previous pages... Anthropology is the scientific research of human beings and their ancestors. “When his twin brother is killed, disabled ex-Marine Jake Sully is recruited to aid a mining expedition on the distant jungle moon of Pandora as only his DNA will bond with the alien hybrid body, known as an Avatar, which allows humans to breathe the toxic air.The initial impression one gets about the Na’vi aside from their alien trappings, is that they are a primitive race. Primitive is a relativistic term and here it is used to mean that they are technologically backwards compared to the humans who come to Pandora. The Na’vi subsequently faced with the challenge that comes when a tribal community comes into contact with a more technologically advanced civilization. The humans who come to Pandora are there to mine the local minerals to be used back on their home planet. This begs the question, ‘what happened to their home planet?” The Na’vi cultural practices resemble those of other pre technology civilizations. They live in small villages spread throughout the planet. They have developed a form of religion, a system of government and have learned hunting as a source of sustenance. They also have their own language used for communicating with one another, and with the local wildlife using their body language combined with high pitched shouts and clicks.The language is more intuitive more than descriptive. For example when they say “I see you,” it mostly means that they see into you rather than a visual interpretation of the observed object or individual. Their language is also accompanied with hand signals and movements to emphasize emotions and ideas communicated (Chris, 2012). As history has attested time and time again, when a more technologically advanced civilization comes into contact with what they perceive to be a primitive society, the humans take it upon themselves to “civilize” the Na’vi. Motive aside, the impression that what the humans have in terms of technological advancements is I think misguided. The Na’vi are not the one who have bled their home planet dry, and have then travelled halfway across the galaxy in search of the aptly named mineral unobtainium. In the aim of civilizing the natives, the human open school, teach the Na’vi their language, they also try to trade their medicine and food with the Na’vi with the aim of obtaining the unobtainium (Chris, 2012). The Na’vi on the other hand feel that the humans are misguided, and also unsuccessfully try to teach them their way of life until the arrival of Jake Sully. There is a mutual sense of ethnocentrism within the two communities, and whether it is justified is a matter of opinion. The humans feel that their way of life is superior to the Na’vi while the Na’vi feel that their way of life is the only way to live harmoniously with their environment. The Na’vi live in the jungles of Pandora, their main food source is the jungle. They are hunters and gatherers. They also domesticate the local wildlife and use it as a means of transport. They also use the animals to hunt and defend themselves. As with most hunter gatherer communities, prowess in hunting is highly valued and strength greatly affects the individual’s status within the community. They have a sense of brotherhood and oneness with their prey since it is part of them, part of the jungle and thus part of Eywa. They do not needlessly kill their prey and only hunt what they eat. They even go out of their way to reduce instances of confrontation between themselves and the hostile wildlife in the jungle. This ...Download file to see next pagesRead More
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