Native American Spirituality

Native American Spirituality refers to the teachings, traditions, rituals and stories of the First Peoples of North America. As these teachings vary, between Peoples, generic answers sometimes can be misleading and answers should refer to the teachings of a particular People or group of Peoples whenever possible.

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Native American History
Native American Spirituality

What gods did the tonkawa Indians worship?

They actually didn't worship gods, they worshiped wind, fire, water, sky, and mother earth.

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Native American Spirituality

What is the Comanche Indians religion?

The Comanche Tribe religion is hard to tell due to the fact that people argue about what the original religion is.

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Hair
Native American History
Native American Spirituality

Where did the mohawk hairstyle stand for?

Contrary to modern popular misconception, Mohawk warriors did not use the "roach" hairstyle. This idea was generated by early Hollywood film adaptations of "Hawkeye" and other stories, at a time when nobody was interested in historical accuracy and simply made natives look like cartoon "Indians". Such is the power of Hollywood images that the false idea of the central hair strip has become "fact" and the term became associated with a particular "punk rock" fashion.

It is significant that in the 1950s and 1960s in Britain the same kind of hairstyle was always termed "a Mohican" - another tribe who did not use the roach but generally wore their hair long. The same kind of ignorance and reliance on fantasy images led to this name.

Real Mohawk warriors had a wide range of hairstyles including long hair worn loose; half-shaved heads (bald on one side and long and loose on the other); the head completely shaved except for a scalp-lock at the crown (a round area left unshaved and the remaining long hair woven into a long plait and decorated with feathers and beads) and many more.

The Mohawks themselves are the best source of information on their own history; they know exactly what type of hairstyles were traditionally worn by their own ancestors.

The link below takes you to an image published by the Five Nations Council depicting Mohawks in traditional dress.

The second link takes you to a painting of Sagayeathquapiethton, a Mohawk chief, which was painted in 1710 and captures his long hairstyle accurately. The bear seen behind is the tribal sign for the Mohawks.

Roach hairstyles were certainly worn by some Algonquian warriors in the eastern Woodlands such as the Eries and Delawares - but definitely not by the Mohawks.

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Dreams and Dream Interpretation
Native American Spirituality

Why do dream catchers have turquoise?

Dream catchers do not necessarily have turquoise. They can be decorated with any number of stones, shells, feathers or beads. Dream catchers are said to have originated in the traditions of Native Americans and are widely made and sold by Native American crafters. So it is natural that they would be decorated with turquoise which is found and used by the native peoples in the American Southwest.

Turquoise is believed to absorb the "bad" coming to a person.

It is commonly used as a travel talisman as it is said to "break instead of the person wearing it" in an accident.

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Aztecs
Native American Spirituality

What was the Aztecs religion called?

They have many different religions but their main one was called Fukadik.

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Computer Networking
Native American Spirituality

What is the function of a hadui mask?

It is a high powered blast in which Ryu focuses on the particles nearby thus acquiring chi from nearby enviromental factors resulting in the 'Hadui'

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What was the Mohawks hairstyle?

Mohawk men shaved their heads with the exception of a scalp lock or crest down the center of their head. The style was known as a "roach" or "Mohawk". They often splayed the hairstyle with feathers,dyed porcupine quills and deer or badger hair. The hair cut may have served as a style to designate warrior status or as a means of taunting the enemy, reducing the amount of hair available to grab in hand-to-hand combat or as a form of ceremonial symbolism.

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Native American Spirituality
Cherokee Indians
US Navy
Numbers

Does the number eight have any special meaning to the Cherokee?

the 8 symbol denotes Yellow metal

Also can denote either of the precious metals gold or silver.

Money in modern times.

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Native American History
Native American Spirituality
Cherokee Indians
Apache Indians

What gods did the Cherokee Indians worship?

Supernatural and natural forces both played central roles in the original Tsalagi (Cherokee) belief system. The earth was suspended between an Upper World and a Lower World. maintaining a balance between these spheres was central to Cherokee religion. There was a belief in superior beings or spirits, many of whom were believed to resemble familiar animals, but others were human like. These were remembered in an elaborate system of spoken tribal mythology. Central to religious practices was an annual cycle of festivals linked to the seasons, harvest, hunting, and all facets of life. including interpreting dreams, foretelling the future, and attempting to ferret out evil spirits, curing the sick, finding lost objects, and averting or lessening natural disasters. Despite Euro American religious ministrations Traditional Cherokee religious beliefs are still alive among many Cherokee, including some of those who have converted to Christianity.

James Adair, who lived among the Cherokees during the 1700's was taught that the Cherokees worshiped Loak Ishto Hollo Aba. Loak is translated into exalted, holy, sacred, etc. Ishto Hollo means fire. And Aba meant father (this word was not applicable to one's own father, only to the Great Spirit). This being was said to live above the clouds, therefore being the Great Holy Father who lives in the Heavens.

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Native American History
Native American Spirituality
Sioux Indians

What were the Sioux tribes religion?

Please refer to the Iroqois Indians religion question.

There was no such word for 'religion' before the Europeans arrived. What the white men see as 'religion' is only a way of life for the Native American. In today's society is our way to be gluttons and hunt for sport; in the old days the Native Americans hunted only what they needed. That was their way of life; to respect the animals and not abuse them.

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Native American Spirituality

How do you sage your home?

A sage ceremony is great cleansing ritual and fairly simple to perform. You can purchase sage wands at your local or online occult supply stores and are fairly inexpensive. Light the end of a wand until it begins to smoke. Then walk the area of each room of your home starting and ending at the same point (doorway, etc.) in the manner similar to a church elder censing his altar. You may also want to check out your local book store for a ritual suited to your religious preferences as to how to prepare or how to pray during the ritual to fine tune it to your needs.

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Paganism
Native American Spirituality

When you die do you turn into a animal?

yes

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Bears
Native American Spirituality

Physical Description of a Spirit Bear?

The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei), is also known as the "spirit bear", and includes several species of the American Black Bear living in the central coast of British Columbia. Spirit Bears are noted for about one-tenth of their population having all white or cream-colored coats. This color is due to a unique recessive trait in their gene pool, and they are not albinos, nor related to polar bears or the "blond" brown bears of Alaska. Because of their ghost-like appearance, "spirit bears" hold a prominent place in the American Indian mythology of the area.

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Native American History
Native American Spirituality
Wood Carving

For what purpose did North American Tlingit artists carve totem poles?

For what purpose did North American Tlingit artists carve totem poles

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Native American Spirituality
Supernatural and the Occult

Can people morph into other people?

I've never seen it but since you posted this question in Native American Spirituality, I will tell you that Shape Shifters are a Hopi belief and possibly a belief of other Southwestern tribes.

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Native American Spirituality

What kinds of tools did the Tigua use?

The tiguas generally used bow and arrows to hunt and hide shields during war. Tiguas used bone hoes to stir up the ground for farming.

-Anonymous

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Paganism
Native American Spirituality

How do you find out what your totem animal is?

These ideas below may work for you, if you have these beliefs, but they have little to do with actual Native American religious practices by actual people all of whom have their own unique belief systems not some general common belief.

There are several ways of discovering your totem. Meditation is key to all methods.

Sit quietly, think about some of these questions.Some find the best time is just before you fall asleep at night.

There are some questions that may help. Your Totem may have already found you.

Of all animals which one are you most attracted to?

Does any specific animal appear in your dreams?

Does artwork or Jewelry with certain animal design attract you?

If you could be any animal,what would it be?

What animal are you afraid of and why are you afraid of it?

What animal have you bumped into over and over in your life?

These are some of the ways to identify your possible totem.

Your Spirit Guide will find ways of letting you know who it is.

There are many website devoted to totems

See related links for a non commercial site about pagans/totems

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Native American Spirituality
Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

What is the symbolism of feathers?

Feathers have a number of symbolisms. They are a direct connection to the bird from which they come and have significance therein. Once used as "pen" they retain a symbolism to communication and thought. In dreams, if they are falling around you, they are interpreted asa life of ease (freedom). In modern paganism they represent the element air and are often used to disperse incense in ritual.

Used in magical spells and charms as follows:

Crane -wisdom/knowledge

Dove - offer love

Eagle - protection

Goose - draw love

Hawk - Protection

Ostrich - truth

Owl - instill wisdom

Seagull - travel

Swallow - good luck\Wren - safe voyage

Woodpecker - carried by Shaman

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History, Politics & Society
American Revolution
Native American History
Native American Spirituality

What are 3 basic beliefs that Americans share?

life liberty and thr pursuit of happiness

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What gods did the Southwest Indians Worship?

the cristian god

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Native American History
Native American Spirituality

Do the native Americans believe in god?

Yes.

okay first my culture has many gods in othere words great spirits theres the great spirit of the east and the great spirit of the wesnt and the north and south. they all represent something differnt.

okay. and one more thing. all tribes don't have the same belief in this subject okay.

i will not lie i sorta was offended by the question. i take great pride in my culture.

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Dreams and Dream Interpretation
Native American Spirituality

What direction to hang a dream catcher?

Hanging a dream catcher in a particular direction is not important. The important thing to understand is that the dream catcher is only a symbol of the magic within the dreamer.

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Fables and Folklore
Native American Spirituality

How the coyote stole fire?

Squirrel

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History of the United States
Native American History
Native American Spirituality

Why couldn't native Americans live together with angol cultures peacefully?

Native Americans in all of the Western Hemisphere encountered Europeans who sought to gain control of both North and South America. Tribes only wanted to live peaceably however, Europeans saw the native tribes as an inferior people who were in the way of progress. Treaties, for example made by the US and Native Tries were hardly enforced.

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Native American Spirituality

What are some Native American religions?

Spiritual beliefs were as varied as their tribes and sometimes even the clans within the tribes. Many tribes were monotheist (believing in one God), while some others believed in more than one. Most tribes celebrated the earth and all she had to give, including the animals.

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