Monthly Archives: September 2014

Native American Coup Sticks and Skull Crackers

Native American Coup Sticks and Skull Crackers

In Native American culture, “counting coup” is a phrase that refers to the prestige of winning a battle. The term is used by the Plains warriors, North American Natives. Facing one’s enemy is considered an act of courage and bravery; most of these courageous acts are recorded in the minds of the Natives and shared… Continue Reading

The Intriguing History of Tomahawks

The Intriguing History of Tomahawks

The original tomahawks served more as tools than weapons. These pieces, utilizing stone or animal jawbones, were also used in seasonal and friendship ceremonies. In some cases, passing over a tribal tomahawk was a sign of good faith during treaty negotiations.   These symbols have become widely known and loved, although they’re a bit misunderstood.… Continue Reading

Native American Masks

  Masks are an important part of culture for Native Americans. They had many different uses, including ceremonies and gift giving occasions, and they were all made by hand. The masks were usually created to look like animals and represented different notions of spirits and characteristics. This mirrored the idea that clans were descendants of… Continue Reading