History of the Powwow | Origin & Background | Native American

History of the Powwow | Origin & Background | Native American

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Before the term “powwow” became popular, various words were used to describe this cultural phenomenon.  Some of these included: Celebration, Doing, Fair, Feast, Festival Gathering, Happening, Indian Dance, Rode... Read more »
Native American Languages

Native American Languages

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The languages among the Native American tribes are many. Some are very similar to each other and some are very different. Together, the native languages of the Americas are among the most numerous and varied in the wo... Read more »
Native Americans Influenced American Political Thought

Native Americans Influenced American Political Thought

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How persuasive is the argument that indigenous and specifically Haudenosaunee political thought influenced the Founders of the United States?  What level of non-Indigenous influences, if any, are seen in American... Read more »
American Holocaust Native American Perspective

American Holocaust Native American Perspective

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American Holocaust Native American Perspective: Beginning in Europe and still ongoing….. By Brian Darst The Holocaust of the Native American People was started in Europe with The Doctrine of Discovery.  A quote by ... Read more »
The Great Serpent Mound

The Great Serpent Mound

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The Great Serpent Mound By Nancy Eling Over a thousand years ago a group of people we know as the “Mound Builders” constructed a spectacular monument in what is now SW Ohio.  Using only the most primitive of too... Read more »
Whips and Whipmen

Whips and Whipmen

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At many of today’s Northern and Southern Plains pow-wows and ceremonial dances, the male dancer with the title of Whipman plays an important role with a long tradition. In the Northern Plains, the Whipman is usuall... Read more »
A Brief History of the Ponca People

A Brief History of the Ponca People

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Traditions common to the Ponca, Omaha, Kansas, Osage and Quapaw give evidence that they were once a people living as a single group in the Northern Kentucky, Southern Ohio and Southern Indiana area along the Ohio Rive... Read more »
Native American Face Paint | War Face Paint

Native American Face Paint | War Face Paint

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While many of the traditions concerning Native American face paint been taught to me by Northern and Southern Tribal Elders, I prefer to maintain their privacy. Therefore, I have only used literary sources for referen... Read more »
Lakota Sneak-Up Song and Dance

Lakota Sneak-Up Song and Dance

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I’ve learned from a number of Lakota Elders that the original Hunka bloka olowan ("Honored Warrior Song"), later called the Sneak-Up Song around the time of the wild west shows, had to do with certain warriors who wou... Read more »
Native American Women Leaders

Native American Women Leaders

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Spider woman, Changing Woman, Corn Mother and all creation watch as the women come forward, one by one, sometimes softly and other times with full accompaniment. They take their seats or join in the assemblage where t... Read more »
A More Accurate Historical Thanksgiving -What Are You Celebrating?

A More Accurate Historical Thanksgiving -What Are You Celebrating?

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Like most of our history, it comes from miss-history and the fact that most people think of the Pilgrims as these “incredibly righteous people” who invited the “savage Indians” to their first Thanksgiving so that the ... Read more »

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