While we've all heard of the cherokee and navajo tribes, much less attention has been given to the nacirema band of native americans, despite their fascinating culture that included ritually: scraping and lacerating the surface of the face with a sharp instrument and another ritual that consists of inserting. In the paper, miner describes the nacirema, a little-known tribe living in north america the way in which he writes about the curious practices that this group performs distances readers from the fact that the north american group described actually corresponds to modern-day americans of the mid-1950s the article. Published in the american antiquarian society's archaeologia americana, vol 2, (1836), pp 1-422 a 208-page geographical, historical, and cultural introduction is followed by 214 pages of appendices of linguistic materials sect i indian tribes north of the united states eskimaux kinai, koluschen, &c, on the pacific. The title is “body ritual among the nacirema”, which may sound like a tribe, but with careful reading the real meaning can be found the first thing that is noticed is the word “nacirema” it is described throughout as a tribe, but after reading the story it becomes clear that it is the american people that are being talked about.
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Professor linton  first brought the ritual of the nacirema to the attention of anthropologists twenty years ago (1936: 326), but the culture of this people is still very poorly understood they are a north american group living in the territory between the canadian cree, the yaqui and tarahumare of mexico,.