Ethnicity


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Ethnicity is another fascinating topic. We have done quite a bit of work on ethnicity, but have not yet approached the topic in a comprehensive fashion. Ethnicity has played a role in history, but this seems to be especially true in the modern age as concepts of race and narionality have plyed an increaingly prominent role. We have an extensive Native American section. Most of the other ethnicity pages are in the individual country pages which we will eventually link here. We also have tribal pages for both Africa and the Americas. There are tribal groups in Asia,the MuddkeEast and North Africa, and Oceania, but we have done less work there. This is a topic that until recently could not be studied in a scientific manner, especially during historical periods. DNA research has opened new avenus of investigation. Ethnicity is related to race and often confused with race. There are, however, differences. Biological and sociological factors are involved. Race refers to a person's physical appearance, based on biological inheritance, characteristics like skin color, eye color, hair color, bone/jaw structure etc. Ethnicity, on the other hand, relates to cultural factors such as nationality, culture, ancestry, language and beliefs. As the cultural factors are developed in given areas, they often correlate with race, but are not dependent on it. Thus Americans kidnaped at a young age by Native Americans or foreign children adoped at a young age by Americans or fully enculturated into the culture in which they are raised.







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