You will prepare and submit a term paper on Auto-ethnography. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. The films’ The Emerald Forest’ and “Ten Canoes provide a good illustration of this point. The two films illustrate scenarios where two or more cultures meet and spark conflicts, but autoethnography allows them to develop an interest in each other and live in unity.
For instance, I find the chief of the Fierce People trying to learn the technological device left behind by Markham most appropriate in explaining this idea. The chief attempts to blend this new technology to what he with. Failure leads him and his tribesmen to seek assistance. The pursuit of a solution to how the carbine works lead them to agree with the brothel’s owners. The Fierce people decided to bring some women in exchange for firearms. Later, Tomme rescues the women with the help of his father and other people. Tomme and his tribe can live peacefully and accepts new ways and people from different cultures.
Additionally, the film The Emerald Forest mainly portrays the contact zone concept, as presented by Pratt. Colonization increases the influx of many people from different cultures around the globe. The colonial era in Brazil led to developments and land utilization, which affected the native cultures. The clearing of large forest areas to allow for construction displaced the forest tribesmen since it interfered with their habitats. For example, the construction of a dam displaced The Fierce People and the Invisible people. The natives tried to express themselves in the language in which the oppressors’ group could understand. The tribesman communicated to Tommy in Tommy’s language. The language thus united Tommy with the tribesmen.
. . .  . . . . . . .  .Autoethnography allows the oppressed cultures to express their feelings to save themselves and establish peace (Pratt 47). However, the cultures should not be alone in their struggles but should seek help from the dominant culture. The dominant culture can have members who value equality, who can help the oppressed culture by giving them room to present themselves. For instance, the film Ten Canoes describes the beautiful events before the advent of western contact in Arnhem Land. The contact zone between the culture of the west with the local cultures leads to conflicts.