With more than 70 ethnic groups living within its borders, Kenya does not have one identifiable, traditional style of dress. Modern Kenyans tend to dress in Western clothing. Residents of the country's coast, many of whom are Muslim, dress in a more Arabic fashion.Continue Reading
A number of Kenyans wear kitenge, a tie-dye cotton fabric favored by residents of many African countries. The semi-nomadic ethnic group, the Maasai, wear dark red clothing to represent their blood and dependence and love of the Earth.
Many Kenyan women wear a cloth known as a kanga, which is common throughout much of Africa. They generally wrap it around their torsos and waists. Over the decades, several Kenyan fashion designers have attempted to create a national dress. Margaret Akumu Gould, for instance, joined efforts with the Kenyan Ministry of Culture and Kenya Tourism Foundation to attempt it. However, so far nothing has caught on in the popular consciousness.
Regardless of whether they dress in Western or Arabic garb, most modern Kenyans practice a greater degree in modesty in their dress than Americans and other Westerners. In fact, travel experts recommend Westerners traveling to the country to avoid displaying too much skin, even when planning to swim in the ocean.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
The Indians of the North American Arctic, or Inuit, were the last of the native people to settle in North America and comprised eight distinct groups: Labrador, New Quebec, Baffin Island, Igloolik, Caribou, Netsilik, Copper and Western Arctic. The name Inuit means "the people."Full Answer >
African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans are examples of cultural groups found in the United States.These cultural groups share cultural practices, tradition, history and cultural group identities with the people within the cultural group.Full Answer >
The Algonquian people were hunter-gatherers known for their extensive trading, and the lived in small groups headed by a shaman or other leader. The Algonquians comprised several Native American tribes that inhabited the breadth of Canada and the northern United States. The Ottawa tribe of the Algonquians did tattooing and face painting before contact with Europeans. The Algonquian people also painted on rocks and had religions that varied in beliefs among the tribes.Full Answer >
Communal families, also called communes, are groups of people who live together, share properties and often follow a set of rules and guidelines for living daily life. Some communes are formed by people with specific religious beliefs, while others are formed from economic necessity. Commune members may include groups of relatives and typically include people who ascribe to a certain set of beliefs or values established by a leader or by religious traditions.Full Answer >