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Popular luxury items among Native Americans

Many people today speak of living the American dream. The American dream can’t really be defined in one word or phrase. Nevertheless, you can say that the American dream is having your own house, a good job and a nice car. When we talk of having a good job, it means you are able to eat out at classy restaurants, buy luxury items and go for vacations, this is the American dream. So what are the most popular luxury items among Native Americans?

 

First of all designer shoes, jewelry ladies handbags, free iPad and finally an free iPhone 5 are some of the most cherished items. Most Americans today boast of having the latest, iPhone gadget because it’s not only luxurious but also functional. There are even stores that sell old iPhones in exchange for new iPhones for a small fee once a new one is released. The older versions are later sold to other countries overseas or to people who can’t afford to buy a new one. Why is the iPhone so popular today?

 

The iPhone today has over 270 million users across the world. First of all, it’s the first phone to introduce the use of apps. Today other Smartphones and android devices also use apps. Nevertheless, the iPhone created by one of most successful companies in the US, Apple, made life easier with the multiple apps that one can use. Many Native Americans today have a busy schedule and find it interesting to complete tasks as quick as possible. With the thousands of apps available on the apple store today, you can find an application that can virtually do anything. These applications range from simple games to complex apps that assist in office work. Technology and innovation being a part of the American’s goals, you can see why the iPhone is highly appreciated by Native Americans.

 

Native Culture on TV

We often see Native culture and society on television, but there was a scene on the hit show Revolution the other night that made me think.  If you haven’t seen the show, the premise is fairly simple, about 10 years before the current show’s time period-the lights and all electricity simply went out all at once.

The United States falls into different parts, with seperate groups running the Northeast (Monroe Republic), South (Georgia Federation), Texas, California and the Plains Nation.

It was a scene in the Plains Nation that caught my eye, the show had everyone living in traditional Native teepee’s.  It made me think that it sounded pretty correct actually given that we know Native culture has long been consistently able to live within their means, during tough times based only on how they treat each other as well as the land itself.

Learn from the Native Americans

 

Preservation of the land is important to Native Americans. Without it they, and everyone, would not be able to live. We rely on the land for food, water, materials to makes clothes and other items.

The effect of technology and the industrial revolution meant that factories were popping up everywhere. Many people depend on cars as their primary mode of transport. When we go on holiday, we usually think nothing of boarding an aeroplane to take us across vast distances. While doing these things, most of us are guilty of not thinking about the impact that they will have on the environment.

Global warming is now a very prominent issue and many scientists are claiming that it is the time to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. People are starting to drive electric cars for example, but there are still sceptics who feel as though global warming is not as big of an issue as is being claimed. However, in Britain, there have been devastating floods in coastal regions that are surely evidence for global warming, sea temperatures rising, ice caps melting, and the water levels rising. Look at the case of Braunton in North Devon. In December 2012, a multi-million pound flood scheme failed and devastated this small coastal village. It meant that many people had to stay away from their homes, businesses were forced to close before the busy Christmas rush, and people’s livelihoods were at stake.

It is warnings such as these that make us have to heed the warning of scientists and learn from the Native Americans who teach us to value our land.

Hypertension Rates Among Native Americans

Recent data suggests that Native Americans suffer from a disproportioanlately high rate of hypertension.  Blood Beat provides a BP chart to check against your blood pressure readings.

What causes high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the measuring of blood that pushes against the walls of a person’s blood vessels. If a person has high blood pressure, it can be dangerous because it makes a person’s heart work harder.

Normal blood pressure is often 120 over 80 but when a person has a Stage 1 high blood pressure, the reading is 140-159 over 90-99. If a person finds that their blood pressure is consistently over the normal range of what it should be, they should talk with their doctor about ways to lower their blood pressure.

There are many causes of high blood pressure such as smoking, not engaging in physical activity, being overweight or obese, having too much salt in their diet, too much stress in their life, being older, having a history of high blood pressure in their family and suffering from chronic kidney disease.

There are those who are more inclined to develop high blood pressure such as those who smoke, those who have members of their family who have had high blood pressure, African-Americans, women who are pregnant, those 35 years old and older, those who don’t exercise, people who drink a great deal of alcohol, those who suffer from sleep apnea and those who eat a lot of fatty and greasy food.

If a person wants to lower their high blood pressure, he or she should first talk with their doctor and then under the guidance of their doctor, they should exercise in moderation, cut back on fatty foods, limit their alcohol consumption, try methods like meditation or deep breathing to cut back on stress and lose some weight.

Recording your blood pressure several times a week on a blood pressure chart, also helps

Hypertension Rates Among Native Americans

Recent data suggests that Native Americans suffer from a disproportioanlately high rate of hypertension.  Blood Beat provides a BP chart to check against your blood pressure readings.

What causes high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the measuring of blood that pushes against the walls of a person’s blood vessels. If a person has high blood pressure, it can be dangerous because it makes a person’s heart work harder.

Normal blood pressure is often 120 over 80 but when a person has a Stage 1 high blood pressure, the reading is 140-159 over 90-99. If a person finds that their blood pressure is consistently over the normal range of what it should be, they should talk with their doctor about ways to lower their blood pressure.

There are many causes of high blood pressure such as smoking, not engaging in physical activity, being overweight or obese, having too much salt in their diet, too much stress in their life, being older, having a history of high blood pressure in their family and suffering from chronic kidney disease.

There are those who are more inclined to develop high blood pressure such as those who smoke, those who have members of their family who have had high blood pressure, African-Americans, women who are pregnant, those 35 years old and older, those who don’t exercise, people who drink a great deal of alcohol, those who suffer from sleep apnea and those who eat a lot of fatty and greasy food.

If a person wants to lower their high blood pressure, he or she should first talk with their doctor and then under the guidance of their doctor, they should exercise in moderation, cut back on fatty foods, limit their alcohol consumption, try methods like meditation or deep breathing to cut back on stress and lose some weight.

Recording your blood pressure several times a week on a blood pressure chart, also helps

European influence on Native Americans society

Since late 15th century native Americans have been fighting for survival as the invasion of European colonists took part. For more than 5 centuries the old world and the new world in North America has been on conflict. Most of native American tribes were matrilineal – the people occupied the land only for the need of their tribes agriculture, hunting and survival. This was the very opposite of European patriarchal culture of individual property rights at that time. This was a huge difference in the way people saw the world. American Indians were not materialistic, however Europeans wanted their lands, labor, gold and other valuable things.

Nowadays most of American Indian tribes live in special National Parks dedicated to them, however many of the tribes are trying to get back their originally inhabited lands and renew their rights for hunting, selling crafts, taking entrance fees. Overall we can see that the native society and culture has changed drastically, mainly influenced by European culture and philosophy. Materialistic age has changed the way Indians look at property and nowadays they tend to be more patriarchal than their ancestors. On the other hand we can not forget the fact that at the moment their previously inhabited lands are taken from them and they have to settle down in very restricted places with no or little rights to property at all.

Native Americans had many clashes with Europeans because of different view of property. “Land is life, not property. It is to be respected, not owned.” is said by local tribes in North America. There are some similarities with Scotland and the way how Scottish clans used their land. As nowadays it tend to be really expensive you can always rent some Brilliant Loch Lomond Lodges for a city escape or family holiday. Native Americans always believed in natures healing powers as well as relaxations positive effect on body and mind.

Finding A Sense Of Community

It is difficult to find a sense of community in this day and age. Knowing who you are and where you are from is important as well as embracing multiculturalism. It can at times be difficult to do both but doing this can create a stronger community bond.

Community projects can be a good way of bringing people together to interact with one another and learn about different cultures. Putting together a programme of community activities can be useful as well as setting something up online to allow users and participants easy access to information at all times.

It can be useful to employ a facebook “community management” social media agency that can help with local businesses and make sure you have the best available support out there. Letting them take care of the technical side of things can free you up for more face to face developments.

Using online technology can also appeal to a younger market who are more technologically driven and use social media far more commonly in day to day life then might have been years ago. Trying to build a good community spirit can also help with family values and will ensure the are that people live in remains crime, litter and graffiti free.

A close knit community will stand together and voice any objections regarding community wide decisions and it can prove to be a very powerful tool to use if there is a burning issue at the heart of a community.

Of course it is easier said than done to start this from scratch but with a dedicated team it is more than possible. With luck people will also volunteer to help out when they can and you can find out more about the people who you live side by side with as well as keep your community safe and clean for your children and families.