Category Archives: Native American Culture

Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers

Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers

Throughout the course of the 20th century, code talkers played a huge role in the success of the U.S. military. Code talkers were military personnel who utilized obscure languages in order to communicate secret tactical messages during times of war. From the Cherokee code talkers who served alongside British soldiers during the Second Battle of… Continue Reading

Stay in an Authentic Native American Home in Arizona

Stay in an Authentic Native American Home in Arizona

Arizona is a land of many cultures, sharing its border with Mexico and its past with the Native American tribes of the Southwest. In certain parts of the Grand Canyon State, visitors have the option of staying in actual Native American homes from the pre-contact period, with each design telling an interesting story. You can’t… Continue Reading

Influential Western Films of Sedona and Beyond

Influential Western Films of Sedona and Beyond

Red Rock Country is not only a place filled with some of the most idyllic natural landscapes and scenic hiking trails in the United States, but it’s also has been a diamond in the rough as far as the American (and international) film industry is concerned. Sedona’s influence on the genre of Western film, in… Continue Reading

The Native American Tradition of Counting Coup

The Native American Tradition of Counting Coup

Counting coup is best described as a game of strategic warfare and, in many cases, it was considered a game of intertribal warfare. This was a tradition practiced by Native Americans of the Great Plains, and earning counting coup status was the highest honor a warrior could receive during combat. When the warrior was close… Continue Reading

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Gourds are crafted by Native American artisans and they have been utilized to make many items, including birdhouses, pottery, and musical instruments. The gifting of a gourd rattle is a spiritual tradition; the rattle must be handled with care, as it is highly symbolic. Here we describe the histories of a few of the gourd… Continue Reading