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Culture Clash Bruce Beresford does a wonderful job in captivating the cultural differences between the Algonquin Indians and the French Jesuits in the 1991 motion picture Black Robe The movie is an extremely realistic representation of the clash between the two conflicting cultures and can be viewed for critical analysis a trait not many motion pictures can boast The movie takes place in the rugged 17th century in the beautiful Canadian wilderness in which a Jesuit priest Father Laforgue accepts an assignment to travel to a mission that has been built the village of the Huron Indians and assist in spreading the word of God In the beginning of the picture Laforgue is headstrong and unfaltering in his beliefs that he can help the native people he is also anxious and ready to confront any adversity that might cross his path In the opening scenes Father Laforgue is steadfast in his ultimate belief in his God and his superiority over the savages As the movie progresses it is possible to see the differences in the French Jesuit culture compared to that of the Algonquin Mishaps and problems arise because of the contrasting beliefs and values in the two different cultures As the movie continues another Indian tribe takes Father Laforgue and his Algonquin guides as prisoners and the viewer gets an understanding of yet another culture Furthermore the observer also gains an understanding of the discrepancies not only between the Jesuits and Indians but also between two native tribes The movie The Black Robe confronts the many cultural disparities that occurred during the conversions of the Native American people and the consequences that transpired According to Websters Dictionary culture is defined as the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns arts beliefs institutions and all other products of human work and thought In the opening scene in which the French Jesuits first meet the Algonquin Indians to exchange gifts for their guidance of Laforgue to
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