Decolonizing The Mind Essay

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Tanya Hawes
Cultures and values
Dr. Hall.
Decolonizing the mind.

I do not believe that anyone should be forced to change their language In order to fit in according to someone else’s thinking. It is the right as a human being to decide if you want to learn or to convert to another language. Why should you have to change your language? Why not just simply add a new language? You don’t have to divorce your own language to please another man kind, cause I’m sure if they were being imposed they would feel angry and objective too about changing their language. Your language is very important to your culture as a people. It defines who you are and how your family is raised, fed, and ...view middle of the document...

The language was often used to describe the foods, the music and even for wedding and every day regular life to maintain their traditions in culture. Even to worship their god (ngai) who they believe created the tribes. In most homes Kenya traditional foods are still prepared, even though it’s had since been influence by the Indians, Arabs, Europeans, and Pakistanis as well as westerners. Typical foods includes maize and beans (githeri), mashed green peas and potatoes(mukimo), mashed dry beans and potatoes(irio), roast goat, beef, chicken, and cooked green vegetables such as collardo, spinach, and carrots. Weddings are still done in the traditional way, such as paying a dowry (bride price) is still an important part of the culture. The Kenyan’s population is estimated to be more than 40 ethnic groups, each having its own dialect. Swahili and English formed a communication bridge that would unite Kenyans as one nation. Ugale- is rice, bread, chapatti a kind of Indian bread. Nyama chomea Is Kenya’s national dish. This is very popular in restaurants and bars, also used for special occasions, such as weddings, Christmas and other occasions. Their diet also includes tea, which was adopted from the British and the Indians.
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Artifacts & arts- include carved wooden sculptures, which they hand craft and would sell to tourists, locally and for export. Artifacts that are very popular among the Kenyans are colorful hand woven baskets, massai beaded jewelry, gold and silver jewelry, musical instruments, stone sculptures, tribal mark, finger paintings, paint, batik cloth, kangao and the beautiful traditional kikoys (African sarongs).
Music and dance- the traditional music and dance is a part of Kenyans social and religious lives and is very important to Kenyans social and religious lives. It is very important to Kenyans culture. Most popular style of music is benga, traditional contemporary dance. Taara’s music is another kind of entertainment inspired by Arab and Indians. Using beats and rhythm, this is used with drums, and guitars.
Theatre and literature- Kenyans upholds a strong verbal tradition, which they tell through stories passed on from each generations, often in songs.
Culture values and etiquette – Kenyans are a friendly group of people and greetings are very important to socially and business interactions. Kenyans also take family life very serious. (By- kenyaninformationguide.com )
The English language was highly rewarded with prizes, prestige applause; it was the highest level of intelligence in all areas of learning. The formal progress of higher education (pg.398, p.10). Final exams in school were given in English, so even if you passed other subjects and fail English it would fail you in all your subjects. Exams
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where done in English only. Having mastered English would mean you could now climb the ladder of success in the European world.
The punishment endured by Kenyans if they were not complying would be...

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