Category Archives: Native American Culture

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

The Native American Healing Hand

The Native American Healing Hand

There is an abundance of symbolism throughout Native American culture and tradition. One symbol that is universally recognized is the healing hand. Although many may take a liking to the design, very few know the origin of this symbol and what the healing hand represents. Symbols are utilized by Native Americans in their art, ceremonies,… 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