Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

The holidays are a beautiful blend of yuletide charm and spiritual reflection for the people of the Southwest. Here, we explore some of these interesting Christmas traditions. Pueblo Dances After the conversion of the pueblo people to Catholicism during the 16th century, a merging of cultures took place. Christmas Mass and spiritual Native American traditions… 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

Native American Courting Rituals

Native American Courting Rituals

Unlike today’s western civilization, where droves of people flock to social media sites to find life-long companions, the Native American people courted in a more localized fashion. While the ritual was displayed publicly, the men and women were able to forge an intimate bond that carried significant meaning within their tribes, as courting rituals often… Continue Reading