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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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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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