Cultural competence is an essential aspect of counselor training and understanding the perspectives of different cultures is integral for the growth and development of counselors. Through this assignment I investigated a culture that was different from my own, through watching a documentary on Native American culture. This investigation allowed me to gain insight into how their values, language, rituals and traditions, religious or spiritual beliefs, and roles and expectations within their group can be both similar and different from my own culture.
My prior impressions of Native American culture derived mostly from movies like Dances with Wolves or Little Big Man; primarily featuring them as nomads who roamed vast plains hunting buffalo while living in teepees. After having watched the documentary however, I realized that most native tribes today live in either reservation communities or cities; they have modernized but still maintain strong ties to their heritage through celebration of traditional ceremonies such as powwows during which tribal members meet to commemorate various occasions throughout the year (Native American Project 2020). The fact that these communities have managed to survive despite centuries-long oppression serves as inspiration for resilience in other minority groups facing similar struggles today