Advocacy Fair: Protecting the Kuna

The Task

The Advocacy Fair group project was a chance for us to explore disappearing cultures, recognize the importance of diversity in our world, and then advocate to help protect the culture we were assigned. We were responsible for creating a brochure, an attention grabbing trifold, and a short speech that covered important aspects of our culture for the final fair style presentation.

The Work

The Brochure

The Reflection

Why is it important for global citizens to advocate for vanishing cultures?

It is very important for us to stand up for disappearing cultures. It is hard for me to imagine a world where my culture was being taken away. I would be losing a huge part of my identity, and I would feel angry, lost, and incomplete. Assimilating cultures, or completely losing cultures is immoral because it is disastrous to completely take away someone’s home and lifestyle. Acculturation, the blending of cultures, at least allows for people to keep some parts of their identity and maybe even learn more from others. It is important to protect vanishing cultures because of the diversity as well. Biological diversity is a concern when it comes to disappearing cultures because some cultures help some plants and animals continue to thrive as they could be important to their culture. If they lost their ways, they would no longer be able to protect those species. In an age of information, there is so much to learn from other people and it would be devastating to our world if we didn’t have the opportunities to recognize perspectives. This can help us address global issues because vanishing cultures may have things to teach us from their values, and in efforts to protect their culture we may also be helping another issue as well. For example, the Kuna’s threat is climate change, so by protecting the Kuna, we could also be mitigating climate change.

 

What effect did knowing you were going to fill out this rubric about yourself have on your participation as a group member?

The rubric was a good reminder on things I should be doing to be an effective group member. I didn’t have to heavily rely on the rubric, but it did hold me accountable. I knew that I was going to have to be able to explain and prove how I was a productive group member. I also had the understanding that whether or not this was a graded assignment, I should still be striving to withhold all the criteria in order to better myself as a group member and have everything run as smoothly as possible.

Performance Outcomes

ELA – Take Action

  • Identifies and creates opportunities for personal or collaborative action using language arts skills to address situations, events, or issues, in a way that is likely to improve conditions.

Global Leadership- Take Action

  • Reflect on their capacity to contribute/ advocate for improvement locally, regionally, and/or globally.

In order to try to make positive progress, you have to first speak up and take action for a cause. In researching the Kuna culture, I was able to learn enough about them to advocate for something bigger than myself. I was able to realize and connect how important vanishing cultures are to me and the world around me. I took action and learned how to advocate for something that I care about, in order to make others more aware, and even care about it themselves.

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