In my novel, I'm trying to do things the "negative space" way, as my favorite English teacher described it. You don't describe the way things are, you let the actions and dialogue of the characters show it. (Yeah, I know that's technically the way it's supposed to go, but come on; we've all read Tolkien.) I am trying to show certain cultural conflicts this way, specifically: 1.) The "racial" conflict of several species in a single world (humans vs. other sentient creatures kind of thing) 2.) Religious vs. secular (in the sense that the religion is based on prophecies that few believe but are actually completely correct) 3.) A little harder to describe but here it is - "aliens from other worlds" vs. "natives", but in a high fantasy context NOT a sci-fi one. Any suggestions? P.S. I apologize if this doesn't make much sense. I'm just sort of trying to initiate dialogue about showing, not telling in a cultural sense, i.e. the way characters of the novel act and speak and treat each other based on their belief systems and geography.