Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Native American Drums and the Meaning of Their Beats

Music holds an important role in Native American culture, used for various purposes, including recreation, healing, and expression. Complex and rich with emotion, Native American music is touted as intricate and interesting. Though Native Americans use various instruments to create music, perhaps the most well-known is the drum. Native American drums symbolize and express their… Continue Reading

The Snake-Antelope Ceremony

The Snake-Antelope Ceremony

August is the month of Tala’paamuya, marking the start of the summer social dances for the Hopi; the Snake Dance being one of them. This particular dance is a part of the Snake-Antelope Ceremony to celebrate the beautiful summer season and crop growth! The Snake and Antelope societies join for a total of 16 days… Continue Reading

Why is Turquoise Significant in Native American Culture?

Why is Turquoise Significant in Native American Culture?

Turquoise holds a special significance in Native American culture, meaning something profound and specific to individual tribes. Referred to as the “stone of life,” many believe it is a living mineral because of its ability to change colors depending on its environment. A Living Stone All Native Americans believe that the earth is living and… 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