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Old 06-06-2015, 07:26 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by subeeds View Post
I hope you have all these gems in a file so you can just copy and paste them. It would save you LOTS of typing. Seems this is the question of the week a lot of times.
Sadly, yes.


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Originally Posted by Calista2015 View Post
...I wanted to know what the spirituality of Native Americans was, so I can practice it.
You want to learn, good.

Indian 101.

There is no such thing as a generic Native American spirituality, except in a box on the shelf in your local New Age bookstore. There is Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux or ad infinitum spirituality. Native peoples are not monolithic. Each people has their own practices and traditions. It is a grave error to think of them as one group,

Since 1492, the dominant culture depiction of the various idigenious people of the Americas has reduced us to a mostly homogenous mass of tipi dwelling, warbonnet wearing, buckskin clad Dances with Wolves extras. There was and is enormous cultural, political, social, linguistic, and economic variation among the in excess of 1000 different peoples of the Americas.

At the time of contact, there were cities that matched those in Europe and Asia in size and sophistication. There were empires that rivaled those in Europe. There were hunters and gathers, city dwelling bureaucrats and priests, sea faring fisherman and traders, and sophisticated farming cultures. Some scholars estimate that nearly 50% of the crops that feed the world today were New World plants, unknown to the Old World in 1491. Our crops fueled the population explosion that led to extensive trans-Atlantic emigration. The religious range within the New World was as large as that in the Old World. Each group had their own practices.


Lakota 101:

Lakota is the language shared by a number of different political entities. There are seven groups that fall under the umbrella of Lakota: Sichangu, Oglala, Oohenumpa, Mnikowzu, Itazipcho, Sihasapa, and Hunkpapa. Thus Lakota people think of and refer to themselves as Oglala's, Hunkpapa's, etc. Within each group there are associations of extended families. So, you are also a member of one of these bands.

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