Lesson One: People are different.

Reading Summary

People are different. These differences represent the vast range of human potential and possibility. Our assumptions, beliefs, values, ideas, ideals – even our abilities – are largely a product of our culture.

In this lesson, travel with anthropologist Michael Wesch on his first trip to Papua New Guinea.  The lesson introduces core anthropological concepts like ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, and participant observation, while also introducing the core anthropological mindset of asking questions, making connections, and trying new things.

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