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Indian giving ceremony.

Indian Giver: The Tragic Irony of a Cultural Stereotype

The phrase ‘Indian giver,’ tragically ironic, arose from a cultural misunderstanding. It distorts Indigenous gifting customs, intended to forge bonds, into a divisive slur. This distorted perception exemplifies the profound tragedy of miscommunication and cultural misinterpretation.

Costa Rica disbanded its army in 1949. It's one of the only countries in the world that forbids an army in its constitution. Costa Rica's approach has been adopted by six sovereign states in the Americas: Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, and Panama.

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