What are some examples of cultural artifacts

Artifact - Artifacts: Definition & Culture Dependent Meaning

Definition of the term artifact

Basically, artefacts (from the Latin ars = art, craft; facere = to make) man-made objects and forms of expression (e.g. symbols or symbolic actions) are understood.

With regard to cultural studies, artifacts can be found, for example, in advertising (e.g. logos, brochures), in architecture and the color design of buildings, in clothing conventions, but also in manners, rituals, stories and anecdotes.

Artifact: meaning depending on culture

It is interesting that artifacts are in most cases characterized by culture-specific symbolic meanings. This results in difficulties for people from other cultural areas of life in correctly deciphering and interpreting the symbolic meaning. One example of this is the meaning and interpretation of the color black: In many Western European countries this color is associated with 'sadness', in many East Asian countries it symbolizes 'joy' - white, on the other hand, means 'sadness'. Thus, artifacts as cultural forms of expression are in most cases congruent with symbols.

Harris, M. (1989): Cultural Anthropology. A textbook. Frankfurt / Main: Campus.

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