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Spirituality and Respect at the Core of Native American History

Native Americans are known to have a distinct culture and unique tribes. Their spirituality boils down to respecting nature. They believe that nature is the where they come from and is also what sustains them. The beliefs and practices of these people revolve around nature; it also includes the way they mature and how they […]

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Native American Battles that Led to Victories

Several factors contributed to battles between the Native Americans and the Non-Indians in America. Right from superiority to cultural differences, there has always been means and ways that the Natives have been attacked for. The conflicts that took place between the two races often turned very brutal and brought near-destruction to the indigenous people in […]

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Native American Sports Night

Sometimes when you look back across the the many different and sometimes alien cultures of the past, it’s easy to forget that no matter how strange their beliefs or ways of life may seem we will always have one thing in common, we all like to take a break from the stresses of life and […]

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Vision Quests

It isn’t rare that any given culture may have given a specific point or age in a person’s life that would mark their passage from childhood to adulthood. Often they would go as far as to have ceremonies created to do so, some still do in fact, take for example the mitzvah’s of the Jewish […]

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So you Want to Build a Sweat Lodge?

Many different civilisations throughout history have had their own iteration of what we now call a sauna but arguably none relied on theirs as much as the Native American people. A sweat lodge, sometimes referred to as simply a ‘sweat’ or perhaps more aptly a ‘medicine lodge’ or ‘medicine house’ was quite different to say, […]

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The Legendary Thunderbird

Throughout history each culture across the globe has been host to its own beliefs about how the world was created, how life came about and what beings create order amongst these things. The Native American’s are no different and had a diverse series of beliefs that differed from tribe to tribe. Perhaps one of the […]

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Disease in the America’s

Since the arrival of the first Europeans in the 15th Century, Native American’s have seen a series of different factors that resulted in a huge decline of their race. A majority of these took place between the 16th and 19th Centuries and consist of things like violence, warfare, slavery, intermarriage and disease. In fact most […]

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The Mysterious Medicine People

The term ‘Medicine Man’ is often used for a certain role in the history of Native American society and you would be forgiven for thinking it was a descriptive term for a doctor as we may know them. Though a Medicine Man is a form of healer, it is in a more spiritual sense. Sometimes […]

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Native American Weapons – Part 2

Knife Knives were excellent tools, great for preparing food, skinning animals and making crafts. Obviously, they are also a very effective weapon. Early Native American knives were made from a sharpened stone, often flint or obsidian, with a handle made from either antler or bone. Later copper knives became very popular, particularly amongst the tribes […]

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