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Culture refers to patterns of human activity and representative structures that give such activity meaning There are many differences and similarities among the various cultures that occur out of human nature A culture is inclusive of every facet of a humans life This culture directs peoples actions and attitudes toward several things Through culture our attitude actions and thoughts are formed Culture consists of 3 elements values norms and artifacts Values consist of ideas of what is important in life This will guide the rest of the culture toward what is deviant behavior and what is acceptable Norms are expectations of how people behave in certain situations Artifacts are the material objects of a culture or group of people In my paper I will discuss values artifacts and norms of my culture and how they have changed throughout my life Cultural change has come about through environment inventions and contact with other cultures My heritage is somewhat intermingled with many different cultures My paternal descendents were originally of German culture and my maternal descendents were from Ireland My fathers dad however was born in Chile South America and my father in Havana Cuba I was born in Minnesota in the early 1960s It was a time of civil rights movements and the Viet Nam war There was considerable change during this time and I was raised Catholic We had the traditional family values of everyone sitting down to supper at the same time I remember the family discussions were mostly about politics and business My own parents believed that children were to be seen and not heard during the meals Also we never sat down to a meal that we did not pray first This has changed in my home We dont always have a set time for supper and with sports and other after school activities there are many days we dont all sit together However when we do get a chance for
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