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Katsina Doll Meaning: A Brief History & Overview

Katsina Doll Meaning: A Brief History & Overview

Every culture carries its own emblems. These emblems are deeply representative of the people and they can carry spiritual significance. For the Hopi, one such emblem is the katsina doll. An Overview of Katsina Dolls The Hopi are a peaceful people. Today, more than 9,000 Hopi people live together on a reservation in Arizona. Although… Continue Reading

Native American Baby Carriers: A Closer Look at the Cradleboard

Native American Baby Carriers: A Closer Look at the Cradleboard

While swaddling and baby carrying seem like the latest ideas in parenting trends, these soothing practices have been an important part of childrearing traditions in the Native American culture for thousands of years. Variations of the Native American baby carrier are found across hundreds of North American tribes, including the Shoshone, Cree, Ojibwe, Winnebago, Nez… Continue Reading

The History and Many Uses of a Native American Tomahawk

The History and Many Uses of a Native American Tomahawk

It is generally believed that the term “tomahawk” originated with the Algonquian peoples, a group who spoke Algonquian languages and lived mostly around the Great Lakes, along the northern Atlantic Coast and around the Saint Lawrence River. They also lived in the dense forest regions of what is presently known as Ontario, Canada. The Algonquian… Continue Reading