Tuesday Teaching from Boys with Braids

Tuesday Teaching from Boys with Braids

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 8th, 2017 Last Updated on: February 8th, 2017

Boys with Braids is a movement across Turtle Island, dedicated to sharing the teachings of why boys, men and elders wear braids. A lot of young men sometimes feel ashamed to wear their hair long so it's been very uplifting for other boys and men to share why they wear their hair long.

CBC Radio: Unreserved recently interviewed Cultural educator, Cecil Sveinson about his long hair and teachings from his elders.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Robert ""Wolf's Hair" Barboza

I’ve had my hair long for many years and have wore it with Pride. My Mother was always wanting my hair cut short. I believe that she felt this way because of fear of ridicule. As I grew, my hair grew as well till I had neck surgery. I still have long hair and still wear it with Pride. My name was given by my Chief and has been since and I wear it with well “Wolf’s Hair”

Anna Trimboli

That was beautiful I love it I don’t know how to braid I love how he said his spirit was connected to him and the earth . I wish I could braid so I can get better so if I have a partner I could braid his hair.

Eva Johnson

My son and grandson were long braids. When my son was in third grade he wanted his long hair cut because he was harassed and called a girl. I talked with an Indian mother who told me, “let him cut his hair it’s hard for a young boy to stand up for his self”. My grandson who is 12 has been ask, “why he has long hair and he’ll tell them, I am Native American and it’s my tradition “. I love to comb and braid their hair. Thank you for these teachings. Eva

Clint Appelt

I appreciate the information. THANK YOU. Anything on Dream Catchers?


Thank brothers for your support in teaching why indigenous men choose to grow their and wear it in braided fashion. I’m am pupil-Nahuatl. At times I’ll wear two braids in respect to my northern brothers but typically I wear a single braid as that’s our tradition. I currently support s variety of groups that work to promote the correct understanding so as to empower folks away from stereotypes or culturally insensitive thinking. Be peaceful. I’ll extend my thoughts in prayer at our next smudge in your honor. 😌☺️👍🏽😎

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