Cultural Artifact Report

CulturalArtifact Report

Acultural artifact refers to an item that when found revealssignificant information about a community that came up with it orused it (Yuajah, 2011). A culture on the other hand refers to the waya group of people eat, make shelters, work, find justice in thesociety, find companionship, communicate, and dress.

Almostevery member of my family is a Rastafarian. My family grows and valuedreadlocks almost every member of my family has long dreadlocks.Nevertheless, growing dreadlocks is not the only features that definea Rastafarian. Nowadays, it is common to find many people that havegrown and maintained dreadlocks. Some people tend to associate peoplewith dreadlocks with rebellions counter-culture movements. Forinstance, some people argue that all people who have dreadlocks smokeweed and have a high likelihood of challenging traditional standardsof appearance (Yuajah, 2011). However, this is not necessarily truemost people wear dreadlocks for political reasons or to appear asrebels against certain convention societies and their norms. Yuajah(2011) findings show that followers of Rastafarian movement were thefirst to wear dreadlocks in the modern west. These followers put ondreadlocks for other reasons rather happiness and fashion.Rastafarian refers to a way of life as well as a movement that bringits member together. Rastafarian adopts a peaceful life style intheir daily activities.

Rastafariansalso smoke marijuana, in a ritual way, with an aim of enlighteningtheir minds before any member of this culture smoke marijuana, he orshe must present a prayer to God. Most of us do not consume animalmeat however, we do eat fish (but not shellfish). Additionally wetake out speech in a serious manner hence, we make it sound gratefuland powerful. Rastafarian believes and value love and forgiveness tothose who wrong them.


Yuajah,E. (2011). Howto Become a Rasta: Rastafarian Religion, Rastafarian Beliefs, andRastafarian Overstanding.New York: Barons Press.