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Module 2: Site Specific Cultural Information

“Never assume that every member of any culture holds the same beliefs and ideas. Always ask.” (La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium, 2012)

Key Concepts:

  • Learning and educating yourself about a culture’s practices and beliefs are important for base knowledge; however keep in mind that each person is an individual and avoid bias or stereotyping.
  • Attitudes about time can vary greatly-learning about the culture and how their perceive time can help for planning purposes and preventing frustration.
  • Focus should be on building relationships instead of accomplishing pre-set goals.


  • Nicaragua
  • Pine Ridge


CountryWatch. (2013). Country profile: Nicaragua. Retrieved from

Gundersen Lutheran Global Partners Pine Ridge Cultural Orientation. (2013). Pine Ridge cultural orientation. Presented on January 14, 2013.

Iron Cloud, S., & Bucko, R.A. (2008). Contemporary practices in Lakota healthcare. Southern Medical Journal, 101 (6), 599-600.

Kavanaugh, K., Absalom, K., Beil, W., & Schliessmann, L. (1999). Connecting and becoming culturally competent: a Lakota example. Advances in Nursing Science, 21(3), 9-31.

Krawcyzk, E. (2012). Cultural connectiveness within Native American communities.  Presented at WHEN conference, April 19, 2012.

La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. (2013). Cultural competency online training resource. Retrieved from 

Peace Corps. (2013). The Peace Corps welcomes you to Nicaragua: A Peace Corps publication for new volunteers. Retrieved from:

Red Cloud Indian School. (2013). Our story, our success: our history.  Retrieved from 

RE-MEMBER. (2013). RE-MEMBER cultural orientation. Retrieved from

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