Resonse to Sarah's comments
II have always had a curiousity about other cultures. It is impossible to single out a specific book that influenced me, as most of the cultural fiction I have read has influenced me in some way. It has always been a learning experience. In my undergrad cultural anthropology course I wrote about the Saami people, which I found fascinating. In Other World Civilizations, my final paper was on the southeast pacific and I focused on the cultures there, and so forth. In the past two or three years, I have noticed the relationship between foreign films (which I enjoy) and culture. The differnence between how a culture is represented by "hollywood" or western film makers and how a culture is represented when a film is made by persons of the same culture that is represented in the film. Has the viewing of films of other cultures affected our perceptions of these cultures? It has for me. All of this had fed my drive to learn more, in film, in print both fiction and biography/memoir. This interest is enabling me to start to issues from the indigenous perspective instead of solely through my western eyes. I hope this gives you a better insight. Comments anyone?