Step 1: Complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting First Nations and settlers in BC in the nineteenth century.
In 2 to 3 paragraphs, compare and contrast First Nations and settlers in BC in the nineteenth century. Choose two of the following themes to compare and contrast:
- Political Structure
- Economic Structure
- Geography (mutual influence)
- Formal language (no slang, “I”, texting spelling, etc.)
- Paragraph structure (min 5 sentences for each paragraph, topic, conclusion, etc.)
- Specific details and examples (prove what you are saying with specifics)
Example Comparing the Navi and Humans in the Movie Avatar
- Paragraph 1: Society (similarities & differences between Navi & human societies)
- Paragraph 2: Economic Structure (similarities & differences between Navi & human economic structure)
- Paragraph 3: Summary (brief summary of findings)
The society of the Navi and the humans are both similar and different. Although both societies have life partners, the Navi idea of marriage is a private commitment between two partners in a spiritual place whereas humans often observe very elaborate gatherings of community. Coming of age ceremonies are also different. Humans are often believed to have come of age when they graduate high school while the Navi believe a youth has gained independence when they capture, bond with and fly a “Declan,” a large dragon like bird. The largest difference though would be in how the two societies view the environment. The Navi are physically and spiritually connected to their environment while the humans see the environment as a resource to be exploited. Although similar enough to connect and even become life mates, the Navi and humans have very different societies.
The Navi and humans also have very different economic structures. Among the Navi the skills valued are hunting, flying, singing and other similar abilities. No currency such as money or gold seems to be used. Among the humans, material wealth is very important as shown through the company’s obsession with the mineral unobtanium which is worth millions back on earth. The skills valued among the humans seem to be mainly physical might although the scientists also seem valued. Knowledge and team work is valued in both cultures. The very different economic structures cause a lack of understanding between the two groups.
Overall, the Navi have a very different society and economic structure than the humans. Although basic emotions seem the same (anger, love, etc.), the large differences result in misunderstandings and conflict.