Preserving Native American Culture:  5 Organizations Making a Difference

Preserving Native American Culture: 5 Organizations Making a Difference

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Native American culture is where traditions, languages, and stories aren’t just things of the past but living traditions that still shape today and inspire tomorrow. In a world where these cultures often face the risk of disappearing due to modern changes, some are dedicated to protecting the rich heritage of….

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Native American Medicine and Healing Practices: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellness

Native American Medicine and Healing Practices: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellness

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It’s all about nature The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. – Chief Seattle  This quote from Chief Seattle reminds us of the Native American belief in the wonderful and important connection between humans and nature. Native healing practices strongly emphasize this connection, recognizing that….

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How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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November is a special month in America– Native American Heritage Month! This is a time to honor and recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Native Americans to our society. It’s a chance to learn, celebrate, and show our respect. And you don’t have to be Native….

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How Powwows Are Organized

How Powwows Are Organized

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Unraveling Misconceptions: The Organization of Powwows If you’re new to powwows or have been to a few, you may wonder about the ins and outs of the world of powwows. And even experienced powwow spectators sometimes have misconceptions about how powwows are run. Let’s embark on a journey to demystify….

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Ten Indigenous Films You Need to Watch

Ten Indigenous Films You Need to Watch

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Calling all film enthusiasts: If you’re searching for a captivating cinematic experience that dives into the Indigenous American culture, look no further! While Native people and their stories are historically underrepresented in television and film, we are seeing more portrayals and storylines recently pop up in the media. Despite a….

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Are Pow Wows Open to the Public?

Are Pow Wows Open to the Public?

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Are Pow Wows Open to the Public? The short answer is absolutely yes! Pow Wows are vibrant celebrations of Native American culture that showcase traditional dances, music, art, and food. If you’ve never been to one, whether you are Native American or not, you may have wondered whether these cultural….

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YouTube Influencer Lives the Native Life

YouTube Influencer Lives the Native Life

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Youtube influencer, Markian, who calls himself a “third culture kid,” is making waves and getting likes on his popular channel. He’s definitely not your average YouTuber. Instead of researching, interviewing, or blogging about a topic, he throws himself straight into the fire and literally experiences the lifestyle of ten different….

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Native Feather Laws and Procedures

Native Feather Laws and Procedures

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For Native Americans, feathers are sacred items with deep religious and cultural significance. Owning feathers is a way of connecting with their heritage and traditions. But did you know that possessing certain types of feathers is considered illegal if not obtained properly?  Federal and state laws strictly regulate owning these feathers….

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The Native American Chicken Dance

The Native American Chicken Dance

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Are you familiar with the Native American Chicken Dance? No, this is not the corny chicken dance people do at skating rinks and school dances. This chicken dance is one of the oldest and most symbolic dances known to many Indigenous Nations throughout North America. And we’re not talking about….

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Reclaiming Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Reclaiming Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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For thousands of years, humans have lived as one with nature, creating a meaningful and essential connection with the land, sea, and sky. Historically, Native Americans, in particular, have had an intertwining relationship with the universe. This remains accurate, as their bond with nature permeates their cultural identity. This relationship….

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The Unsung Heroes: Native American Code Talkers in World War II

The Unsung Heroes: Native American Code Talkers in World War II

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Speaking and writing in code is not a novel experience for Native Americans. Symbolism and language are a huge part of Indigenous culture, and historically, the ability to share covert information amongst each other helped Natives survive nefarious situations. There are various instances of this in history. Think about when….

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The Role of Women in Traditional Native American Societies

The Role of Women in Traditional Native American Societies

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In all cultures, both women and men are tasked with societal responsibilities, some more than others, which optimize how they live, love, and grow. In traditional Native American societies, women have always played an integral role, from decision-making to agriculture and spiritual practices. While in certain cultures, the men traditionally….

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