deculturation

noun de·cul·tur·a·tion \ (ˈ)dē¦kəlchə¦rāshən also də̇¦k- \

Definition of deculturation

plural -s
: the process of divesting a tribe or people of their indigenous traits
  • for many native peoples brought involuntarily and reluctantly into contact with western civilization, acculturation is all too often deculturation
  • —David Bidney

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