Folktale stories usually always include how something came to be the way it is today or they provide a message on how to behave or act with good sense; however, overall they are also used for entertainment. The Cherokees respect the spirituality and teachings of the ancient people and their strong bonds with nature. Led by the belief in the symbols of colors and animals, traditional teachings weave the Cherokees lives together. It is these deep Native American folklore influences that capture the Cherokee Indians’ spirit, character and reverence for life. The folktales embody the culture of the Cherokee through traditional teaching, reflecting the true spirit and history of the Cherokee.
Native American Music Also known as ‘Amerindian’ music, the Native American music is a widespread tradition used as a form of spiritual representation of many aspects of the culture. Together with dance, their use of music in culture is hugely important in order to maintain traditions thousands of years old. So as to fully understand the different types of Native American music, we must also acknowledge the large scope of different Native American tribal units that play this music. Cultural Areas Although most of the Native American music style, along with aspects of their culture, is homogenous, there is evidence that before being forced to move to North American reservations, the Amerindians were divided into separate segments of culture. There are known to be around 1000 tribal units with almost as many languages, as well as 60 independent language families within North America.
There was also an issue that the Dawes Act was to promise US citizenship to all Native Americans. But this was not so; they wanted to take the Indian children and “kill the Indian in him and save the man”. However in 1924 the Citizenship Act was put into place to grant all Native Americans US Citizenship. This was to be a good thing or so they thought. Indians still lived in poverty, inadequate housing and had poor health.
Government b. Business c. Culture Who Were and Is the Navajo Indians The Navajo Indian culture is one of great pride filled with sacred traditions, beliefs and ceremonies that have been handed down from generation to generation. Their cultural background and beliefs have been infused throughout their people and they take pride in making sure that their story and experiences are known throughout all of their cultural members, young and old. The background of the Navajo people, including their primary mode of subsistence, their beliefs and values (consisting of the use of medicines and ceremonies for rituals), gender relations as well as economic and social organizations can teach us a great deal. The Navajo Nation is the largest Indian reservation in the United States, comprising about 16 million acres or about 25, 000 miles, approximately the size of the state of West Virginia.
In order to discuss the impact that the horse made on these people, one must first understand the history of how they were introduced. Horses were in fact native to North America. Approximately one million years ago the horse roamed the woodlands and grassy plains but ceased to exist between thirteen thousand and eleven thousand years ago. Fortunately by that time the species had already spread to Eurasia, possibly via the Bering Land Bridge. The horses that escaped to Eurasia became domesticated and then reintroduced to North America by the Spanish.
They are also very aware of what plants are poisonous and unsafe to eat. (Salopek, 2005). Not only do they eat plants that grow from the forest they are also very skilled hunters. The men of the Mbuti, equipped with bow and arrows, are the primary hunters of the tribe. The women and children also help with the hunts by chasing prey into large nets held by the awaiting men.
The three main styles that seem most relevant are the Sioux Grass Dance, the music of the Zuni tribe and the Iroquis Quiver Dance. It is also important to look at the specific roles of members of the tribes, such as women compared to men, as these were sacred customs to the Natives. Generally, there were three types of songs Native Americans sang; traditional songs, which were passed down from generation to generation, ceremonial and medicinal songs, which were perceived in dreams, and modern songs which showed some influence of European civilization. This culture is an extremely interesting one to explore because the Native American music is so different and just a completely unique type of art in its own. Contrary to popular belief, the Native American culture was extremely large and diverse.
The quiver and arrow were probably used by John Ross, the Cherokee Chief, to hunt food and to project the nation while on the Trail of Tears to Indian Country in Oklahoma in 1838 during the Age of Jackson. The quiver is made from genuine deerskin used exclusively by the Cherokee in Georgia before the Trail of Tears. The beads are made of bird bones which were often used as decoration and on jewelry for both Cherokee women and men. The Cherokee often used bear claws to represent the most successful warrior on necklaces and arrow quivers. The hand-made stitching on the arrow quiver is authentic and made from “sinew thread or deer tendons” which were used in the 1800 time frame to sew clothing and accessories.
Other art was found in caves located in france and spain. Lascaux is one famous site that housed this beautiful art it is located in southwestern frances, Vezere river, which happens to run past some of the most vital Patholithic sites in the whole world. The actual meanings of this art is a mystery in itself, but tells a story that is still being told. It seems as though it represented ceremonial purposes and rituals. This art was carved on rock walls and mainly resemble humans and animals.
Their natural habitats are old-growth forests and these can be found in places that range from northern California, all the way to British Columbia, Canada. There are only around 2360 Northern Spotted Owls left in the wild. The owls do not migrate or move from their territories unless there is a disturbance in their habitat. An example of a disturbance would be if a lumber company wanted to tear down the forests for the wood.The owls would be forced to leave because those trees are not only home to the owls, but they are also home to the owl’s food source. The Northern Spotted Owls are very territorial.