What is culture?"Culture" is a term that describes the entire way of life shared by a group of people. Cultural richness includes diversity in anything that has to do with how people live: music, art, recreation, religion or beliefs, languages, dress, traditions, stories and folklore, ways of organization, ways of interacting with the environment, and attitudes toward other groups of people.It’s important to understand cultural richness at different scales, from individual identities to groups and societies—local, regional, national, and global. Cultural landscapes are continually changing due to migration, globalization, and modernization. All of these factors impact forces of cooperation and conflict among communities.Instructional IdeasConsult Visual and Performing Arts: Visual Arts Content Standards 7.3.2: Compare and contrast works of art from various periods, styles, and cultures and explain how those works reflect the society in which they were made.
- The questions in the Questions tab provide a framework for discussing how culture reflects social values.
Scroll through the National Geographic photo gallery above. What are some ways culture might reflect a community’s social values or priorities?
Scroll through the National Geographic photo gallery above. What are some common elements in the cultural activities depicted? In what cultural activities do you see the most diversity?
What are some examples of cultural richness in your own life?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry anthropology Noun
science of the origin, development, and culture of human beings.
Encyclopedic Entry: anthropology ceremony Noun
activities to celebrate or commemorate an event.
cultural diversity Noun
variety of different cultures in a specific area.
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
series of customs or procedures for a ceremony, often religious.