Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snakes figure prominently in Native American culture. In the Ojibwa and Pueblo tribes, the ability of snakes to shed their skins associated them with fertility and new life. The Hopi people see the snake as deeply connected to the underworld. As part of the annual snake dance, participants release snakes so that they can deliver requests… Continue Reading

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

Koshare: The Sacred Clown of the Hopi

Koshare: The Sacred Clown of the Hopi

Koshare is a sacred clown of the Hopi, one that you’re likely to see at Katsina ceremonies. He is one of several clowns, which are sometimes called jesters or tricksters. He is a powerful figure and important to the community. His Appearance A popular image of the clown is a man that has painted himself with wide… Continue Reading

Celebrating Native American Fathers This Father’s Day

Celebrating Native American Fathers This Father’s Day

Despite being both matrilocal and matrilineal, Navajo culture values the contributions of fathers in their children’s lives. In the Hossain and Aziano study, fathers were shown to participate in child-rearing only a few hours a week less than mothers. A child’s father is a strong role model in the development of children of all genders. Even the tradition of uncles being… Continue Reading