Native American Traditions

Many Local Traditions

Many Local TraditionsNative American traditions are diverse, but many share strong emphases on oral discourse, orientation toward the land, and the existence of a spirit world. Additionally, all Native traditions have had to respond to colonization, dispossession, and assimilation. Still, the traditions that developed prior to and in response to European colonization are markedly distinct.... Read more about Many Local Traditions

Apache Women’s Initiation and Divine Renewal

Apache Women’s Initiation and Divine RenewalThe Apache people, based in the Southwest of the United States, have many spiritual rituals, ceremonies, and myths. One prominent rite of passage of the Mescalero Apache, the initiation ceremony for a girl into womanhood, involves the entire community’s participation. Community members take part in a four-day feast and celebration, which ends with a blessing of the community by the initiate.... Read more about Apache Women’s Initiation and Divine Renewal

Millennia of Religious Diversity

Millennia of Religious DiversityMany traditions of belief and ceremonial life correspond to shared language families and common geographic areas. However, with more than 200 distinctive languages native to the landmass that is now the United States and a wide diversity of religious beliefs and practices, one cannot speak of a single Native American religion. ... Read more about Millennia of Religious Diversity

Struggle and Survival: Native Ways of Life Today

Struggle and SurvivalMany of the historical and contemporary interactions between Native Americans and the United States government have involved material and cultural dispossession. Within the context of dispossession, there have been concerted efforts by Native American communities to maintain and adapt their unique cultural heritages. Native languages in particular are in danger of becoming extinct.... Read more about Struggle and Survival: Native Ways of Life Today

Anishinaabe Ojibwe Ways

Anishinaabe Ojibwe WaysThe Ojibwe, also known as Chippewa, traditionally inhabit the Western Great Lakes region. Over the centuries, many Ojibwe have converted to Christianity or integrated Christian practices and beliefs into their religious traditions. Ojibwe religious traditions share a respect for the manidoog (the spirits or “mysteries”), upheld by the stories and ceremonies that make connections between the people and the sources of life.... Read more about Anishinaabe Ojibwe Ways

Religion as a Way of Life

Religion as a Way of LifeOne of the few common elements within the diversity of Native traditions is the idea that all dimensions of social life are profoundly integrated. Instead of “religion,” the broader term “life-way” is often used to describe the traditions of Native peoples.... Read more about Religion as a Way of Life

'Braiding the sacred': Land Institute studies relationship between people, plants - News - The Kansan - Newton, KS - Newton, KS

August 12, 2019
A ritual in May in a field near Salina changed Abbi Han's life.Han had never been a caretaker for plants. Now, the research resident at the Land Institute is responsible for the survival of a diverse smattering of crops with traditions steeped in American Indian culture.Every day, Han checks on the plants she sowed in May, watering them from a well as needed and pollinating by hand to avoid cross-breeding from an industrial corn operation across the road.Following the advice of Taylor Keen,

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