Miner uses a distinctively anthropological form of observation and writing called “ethnography.” It is as if he is from another planet and is merely reporting what he observes without the benefit of any understanding of the culture he describes.
Steps to complete this assignment:
- Brainstorm other rituals of the Nacirema that might seem odd to someone from another culture or even from another planet. (For example, playing a particular sport, preparing and eating food, watching TV, shopping, going to a party, sitting in a classroom, et cetera.)
- Write one paragraph or two describing another “ritual of the Nacirema” from the brainstorm list, using the same techniques Minor uses in his story.