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When comparing the cultural differences between European Americans and Native Americans nothing can be said about Native Americans as a whole Every tribe is different from every other in some aspects and similar in other aspects In general we can express cultural differences how differently we see things and vision things look at things language religion and cultural holidays For instance squarness is dominant in American mainstream culture We presume that our way of living our way of seeing things our way of organizing is obviously the most logical Native Americans lived within a round culture and can give us some idea of the cross-cultural experience They have problems moving within the white mans square and streight world In Native American way of thinking symbol is the circle the hoop The tipi was a ring in which people sat in a circle and all the families in the village were in turn circles within a larger circle The nation was only a part of the universe in itself circular and made of the earth which is round of the sun which is round of the stars which are round Circle is timeless it is new life emerging from death - life winning out over death For European Americans Land is a symbol of private property and individualism Native Americans perceive the Land as something that cannot be owned land has its own existance Plants each have a spirit as does each animal and all of these essences are part of the Land To foul the Land is to dishonor all of the spirirts that have ever existed there this difference is at the hearth of most conflicts between American Indians and the United States government There is a difference between Indian Americans and European Americans how they try to process the world of reality which for many Native American tribes includes the world of religion In western culture religion seems
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