Category Archives: Native American Culture

What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

Dreamcatchers are one of the most well-known Native American symbols. Many people love dreamcatchers as decorations, but few know the history and meaning behind the item. Like many crafts, dreamcatchers have a rich and fascinating backstory. If you’re interested in dreamcatchers, it’s important that you understand their history and symbolism. Learning about the item helps us respect and appreciate Native culture.… Continue Reading

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Embedded with ancient symbols of protection and references to traditional creation stories, the Navajo Nation flag has served as a proud representation of its people since 1968. Designed by student Jay Degroat, the drawing reflects the sacred art form of sand painting. Mapping Diné Bikéyah The main image in the center of the Navajo flag depicts… Continue Reading

The Lizard in Native American Culture

The Lizard in Native American Culture

Walking along desert trails, hikers may see small animals scurrying away as they approach. Lizards live in many regions of North America. However, since they are cold-blooded reptiles, the largest number are found in the southern regions where the climate is warm for most of the year. Lizards are especially prevalent in the desert southwest… Continue Reading

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