Critical analysis

Critical Reflection

Being a freshman at the University of Connecticut comes with the experience of a multitude of changes that we must conform to. One glaring difference between my high school and UConn is it’s cultural diversity. Coming from a school with a few short of one hundred people in my graduating class, I had never been exposed to a “melting pot” society that UConn provides. So, in an effort to greater appreciate the many different cultures that my fellow peers are accustomed to, I decided to investigate the different ways of life in an opposite area of the world.
The Benton Museum has a particular exhibit this semester presenting a very interesting image of a South American tribe called the Cunan Indians. I decided that going to see their artwork would help me attain a decent amount of knowledge on a culture I knew nothing about. When I got there I learned that the tour guide would be in Spanish. I figured that, considering I can understand the Spanish language to an extent, it would be a good challenge trying to match what the speaker was saying to the artwork she was presenting. To my surprise, I knew exactly what she was talking about throughout most of the tour! This helps to show that even though the languages people speak are extremely different than others; humans can still easily understand hand gestures, smiles, and facial expressions. In a very complex way, no matter where we live on earth, we can all interact with people in other ways than speaking to them.
The Cunan Indians are a small tribe in Panama that has been together since the age of exploration. They are one of the few tribes that were never conquered by any European country. Through simply strength and unity, they were able to not only fend off intruders in the fourteen hundreds, but they have been able to hold their tribe together to this day. The women wear molas, which are blouses, show the great pride they have for their society. As the Cunans are steering away from tattoos and drawings on their skin, the blouses have become the new place to express their artwork. The molas are bright red and aid in emphasizing the artwork presented on them. In the more recent years, the Cunan tribe has used the molas have incorporated many foreign influences such as books, TV, and political posters. One blouse that caught my eye in particular was one with a John F. Kennedy theme to it. This dress showed me how a small tribe with limited advancements in their society can still associate with and support a country like the United States of America. After coming to appreciate the Cunan’s sense of sentimental value towards their molas I started to ask myself the question, “Has our country come too far in the world of technology to the point where we have lost our ability to appreciate the little things?” although the Cunan Indians are much less educated and up-to-date as many other countries, their ‘laid back” lifestyle is one I most certainly envy.
After attending the Cunan Indian exhibit at the Benton museum, I have gained an enormous amount of respect for all areas around the world who are less advanced than the United States. I often times take things for granted; things that people from other areas of the world dream for. Learning about other places around the world truly does assist one as he or she attempts to conform to the diverse society of the University of Connecticut.