You needed to attend an event of a culture to which you do not already belong. You needed to also take observation notes. At this stage, you will write about what that experience was like to someone in your own culture, with the goal of having that audience better understand that other culture. It’s not just important that someone is conveying that information; our discussions of ethnography have showed us that the person (YOU) participating and conveying that information can be equally as important. In this narrative assignment, your thesis statement (argument) is what you want the reader (remember this is someone in your own culture) to get out of your experience with this culture? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I attended an event called Dandiya Raas and was asked to write about it. Attached will be some notes that I found online that may help guide you how to write the paper. The paper can be in any order, however, it’s best to keep it simple. If you search up or know about the event, it should be very easy to follow the order. First of all, since it’s a dance, obviously you would want to talk about were it originated, one what dates does it happen, what festival, etc.. Next, the history/how it came to be. Then, talk about what dance, what costumes are worn, what do the colors represent, etc. Afterward, talk about the symbolism of the dance, why is it important to Indian culture, etc……… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTRODUCTION Your paper should begin with an attention-getting strategy to gain the interest of the reader. Is there a misconception you want to clear up with your paper? Maybe you could give a detailed description of a scene at your cultural event. You should then provide the reader with a thesis statement and a preview of your main points. Your thesis statement is an argument that identifies what you want the reader to get out of reading your paper. BODY PARAGRAPHS The body of this paper is mostly informative, much like the Meaning Of… Paper or the summary in the Article Analysis. Choose four or five main topics to write about. You are essentially breaking down your observation into manageable pieces. So you might have a paragraph that describes the entire scene of the event, and one main point that describes the people and their relationships, and one main point that compares the event to something in your own culture. You might instead choose a more chronological pattern and focus on several things you saw or that happened throughout your experience. As you are describing what you observed, you should back up these observations with outside research. Cite outside sources that explain or supplement your experience. You must also conduct at least one interview, either with someone in that culture or in your own culture (or both!). CONCLUSION As usual, you should include a review of those main points in your conclusion. But this section of the paper will serve a different purpose than other conclusions, and it has two parts (the combination of which will help provide closure): First, you should reflect on your experience with this project. What have you learned about this other culture? What have you learned about your own culture? Would you go through this process again? Second, you should convey a direct message to your audience. What do you hope that they got out of reading your specific experience? How might it be different if they were just reading a description of the event? SOME INFORMATIVE WEBSITE LINKS THAT I RECOMMEND: http://www.bharatonline.com/gujarat/dance/dandia-ras.html https://sumesh.wordpress.com/2006/09/29/dandiyathe-great-indian-group-dance/ https://festivals.iloveindia.com/navratri/dandiya-raas.html https://www.lassiwithlavina.com/features/faith/garba-dandiya-raas-and-navratri/html http://www.durga-puja.org/dandiya-raas-in-navratri.html (festival in which it takes place) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaratri (festival in which it takes place) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagra_choli (clothing of girls worn at event) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothing_in_India (clothing meaning) http://www.wou.edu/wp/exhibits/files/2015/07/hinduism.pdf (color meaning) https://www.indianmirror.com/dance/dandiya.html (history)