children in Angola

I had traveled to Angola as part of an effort by the World Bank… the destruction of the people and their way of life had been so complete, the loss and pain so debilitating that they had lost the capacity to celebrate or affirm their lives in a way that we might recognize as recovery. The traditional sources of ritual and cultural teaching – the tribal shaman or medicine man, the death rituals, spiritual practice, music, dance, and tribal arts, for instance – had been wiped out or severely disabled in the war. Without these key elements of cultural survival, the struggle for individual survival was made even more difficult. –In the Moment: Celebrating the Everyday by Harvey L Rich, MD

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a people that has lost its culture. 

Journaling Prompt: Write about one aspect of you personal culture that you could not live without.

Art Prompt: My culture

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your culture and what makes it special to you.

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