Native American Traditions

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Native American Traditions Gaining insight into the life ways of the American Indians, for non-Indians, has always been difficult, if not impossible. These first settlers were by no means savages; they are the possessors of ancient knowledge and varying types of social organization. Even though most non-Indians do not truly understand the Native American culture, Native Americans partake of ceremonies and traditions that are similar to any other ethnic group. Ceremonies Rites of passage, ceremonies that focus on transitional phases of the human life cycle, are held within many Native American cultures. The ceremonies, as found in most cultures, are mostly held to cherish a child being born, the maturing of a young woman, a young man’s…show more content…
Lipps (1989) states that “while Native Americans do not contemplate a First Great Cause or its attendant effect, their legends contain the story of the creation of his present world – the sun, moon, stars, rivers, mountains, canyons and cliffs. There is also the Wind god, Rain god, War god, etc., to whom the Native American attribute supreme powers”. (Little History of the Navajos, p. 158) All over the world traditions of storytelling vary, yet have several universal aspects. Stories, legends, or myths inform of cultural heroes and notable ancestors who were intellectual, charitable, and brave. Throughout many cultures young people are taught about these memorable ancestors due to storytelling. For many cultures, storytelling is still vital to their lifestyle. Similar to Native American traditions, many other cultures have public stories, secret or sacred stories, men and/or women-only stories, or a mixture of those limitations, to be used in particular initiations, ceremonies, or
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