Ethnic Markers

The most important group characteristics and cultural baggage the immigrants brought to these shores can be referred to as ethnic markers. Ethnic markers are derived from:

  1. Common ancestral origin
  2. race or physical characteristics
  3. similar culture or customs
  4. language
  5. religion
  6. common values or ethos
  7. sense of peoplehood
  8. Gemeinschaft relations

Ethnic markers can be identified from both physical objects and ideas the immigrants brought with them fromthe old country. Such markers are found in:

To identifiy things German we must be able to read the many clues which dot the American landscape and to intercept them. This requires familiarity with the prototypes, found in the place of origin.

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Updated: 17 November 2007, BAS
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