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Old 10-13-2015, 07:26 PM   #2
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Hello Emily, welcome to powwows.com We are a forum for the discussion of the forms of social dancing that are part of the modern powwow, and the related arts.

I'm sorry you are in pain. However, I'm afraid I have some harsh words for you:

It seems you are romanticizing our cultures. As individuals we are no more or less spiritual than any other people. Our ways are just different from yours; not better or worse. Also, we have many very different ways, and many varied cultures. There is no one set of customs or ceremonies.

Our ways arise from different intellectual traditions and the specific instructions given by the Creator and Powers to our peoples at the time of their emergence and/or creation. They are rooted in specific geographies and languages, and the unique ethoses shaped by those forces. They are passed through families, clans, religious orders and societies. By and large our original instructions weren't intended for other peoples, Indian or non-. They seldom translate or transplant well.

Modern Indian people come from post-apocalyptic communities. We are the descendants of survivors of virgin-field epidemics, war, economic devastation, colonization, dislocation, religious persecution, and political oppression. We have learned to guard the precious shreds of our traditions. For this reason, many of us oppose the kind of colonial violence done by the appropriation of our ways.

Further, many reservation communities are places of economic and spiritual deprivation. We have our hands full helping our kin. We don't have the resources to salve the wounds to the dominant culture's lost and wounded. We are too busy trying to keep our teens from committing suicide.

However, do not despair. I have studied some our your cultures and religions while in college. There is beauty and power within your own traditions. The Creator gave you great riches -- riches which are yours by birthright. Your answer lies there.

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