Author Archives: Kachina House

The Symbolism Behind Native American Feathers

The Symbolism Behind Native American Feathers

One of the most common objects utilized in crafting Native American artifacts is the feather. We see them all the time—on headdresses, on housing, or on possessions that were present in a traditional Native American context. However, the feather is regarded as more than just an accessory in Native American culture. The feathered headdresses or… Continue Reading

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

The Seven Grandfather Teachings

According to Native American teachings, the Great Spirit gave us the Seven Grandfathers, wise and powerful spirits who are responsible for watching over us. The grandfathers’ wisdom helps us to understand how to behave toward one another and live a life in balance and harmony. Each of the seven grandfather teachings is themed around a… Continue Reading

Native American Healing Traditions

Native American Healing Traditions

There is a very holistic approach to healing in Native American culture, which means that the body, mind, and soul are treated together as one. Native American tribes believe that many illnesses are the result of a spiritual imbalance and implement healing methods to correct the spiritual issues. Healing methods in the Native American culture… Continue Reading

The Seven Clans of Cherokee

The Seven Clans of Cherokee

The seven clans of the Cherokee nation are not separated by boundaries, but by their purpose in Cherokee society. The division of these clans was important to the functionality and peace of the Cherokee people. Anigatogewi: Wild Potato Clan As the food gatherers, this clan had a deep understanding of how to find natural food… Continue Reading

The Meaning Behind Native American Warbonnets

The Meaning Behind Native American Warbonnets

Warbonnets are beautifully crafted feathered headdresses that represent history and incorporate Native American tradition in their designs. Most commonly seen in movies and television shows, these warbonnets have become a most well-known apparatus of Native American attire, however, not all tribes used this feathered regalia. Warbonnets were created and worn by only a dozen Indian… Continue Reading