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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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Native Americans and the Buffalo

The American bison, more commonly known as the buffalo, was an integral part of the Native Americans way of life. Before the culling by European settlers they covered North America in huge numbers. It is estimated that before the 19th century there were approximately sixty million buffalo in America. It’s said that they migrated in […]

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Native American Weapons – Part 1

Axes and Tomahawks One of the most well known Native American weapons is arguably the tomahawk or war axe. Originally tomahawk was the name given to a war club in the Powhatan language, it wasn’t until the European settlers arrived that this changed. With the introduction of steel and iron along with the new weapons […]

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Native American Names

In almost every culture throughout history names are incredibly important. Even now parents will spend months trying to decide what the perfect name for their child may be; it will define you for the rest of your life. In Native American culture the meaning is perhaps even more important and names were given in a […]

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The Power of Paint

Native American culture revolved around their beliefs. Their religions often displayed a spiritual connection with nature and the world around them. They showed them in many ways, one of these was through colours and symbols that were painted on their skin. These symbols represented all sorts of things from achievements to roles in society; some […]

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What is the Wendigo? Part 2

Whatever its beginnings were, the Wendigo was taken quite seriously in native North American culture. Three groups in particular; the Assiniboine, the Cree and the Ojibwa all had a ceremonial dance sometimes performed during periods of famine. The dance is known as the ‘wiindigookaanzhimowin’ or more simply ‘Wendigo-like dance’. It involves a depiction of the […]

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What is the Wendigo? Part 1

Algonquian folklore tells many fascinating stories of spirits, the stars and how the world was made. They also speak of dark creatures that inhabit the earth and make sleeping comfortably rather difficult. The Algonquian people are one of the most widespread North American native language groups, many still identify with them today. They were situated […]

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