Category Archives: Native American Culture

Native American Instruments: Historical & Cultural Significance

Native American Instruments: Historical & Cultural Significance

Music has cultural significance for Native Americans; in fact, they often used music for recounting archaeology, history and traditional narratives. As a result, Native American instruments held a special place among most tribes; though they used several different types, some were more commonplace than others. In particular, Native Americans used drums, flutes, and rattles throughout… Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the Native American Bone Choker

A Closer Look at the Native American Bone Choker

Native American jewelry is a beautiful, versatile, and meaningful art form that has long been admired by cultures around the world. The handcrafted pieces are celebrated as relics of American Indian civilization, and the evolution of mass jewelry production has included them in modern day fashion and style. One of the most unique and traditional… Continue Reading

3 Native American Women Who Made History

3 Native American Women Who Made History

Native Americans have an illustrious and tragic history that has greatly contributed to the whole of American society. We’ve all heard the story of Sitting Bull or Pocahontas—or have seen the terribly inaccurate Disney films—but the list of historical Native American figures extends far beyond those few. American Indian women in particular have earned their… Continue Reading

All About Native American Powwows

All About Native American Powwows

Traditional Native American Plains Indians celebrate their cultures with ceremonies known as Powwows. What is a Powwow? A powwow can be many things. Most Powwows involve feasting, singing, formal dancing and various types of competitions. Each Powwow creates an opportunity for various tribes to convene, visit, and forge alliances. This tradition has helped to preserve aspects… Continue Reading

How to Interpret the Native American Medicine Wheel

How to Interpret the Native American Medicine Wheel

The medicine wheel, or Sacred Hoop, is a true symbol for life among Native American tribes and has many interpretations. It’s comprised of four quadrants, which represent several concepts: seasons of the year, stages of life, cardinal directions, and the four sides of a person–physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. The East Side The East direction of… Continue Reading