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The Beauty of My Native American Indian Heritage
Native American Indian Art
I have been loving Native American Indian art for years. Just love the way it tells of the history of American Indians, and always has a beautiful meaning with it.There have been so many changes that have been made over the past few decades that have been important to the Native American Indian tribes. Most of them have not been beneficial to Native American Indians. These beautiful people have been used, abused and trampled on for the benefit to others. Have had their lively hood taken away, and reduced to living in places that the white man would not even want to walk in. But, yet these proud people still hold their heads up high and with brave right they should.
Hawks and Wolves, and Eagles.
When I think of Native American Indians I think of wolves or hawks or eagles. These animals pose different strengths in a persons personality, and abilities.
Wolves are cunning and wise they were respected mainly by tribes that survived by hunting. The tribes that lived by agriculture didn't put the wolf on such a pedestal. Some tribes from Alaska respected the wolf's hunting skill and tried to emulate their ways of hunting so that they would be more successful. Some tribes see the wolf as a guide. A tribe in Alaska, Tanaina, believed that wolves at one time were men, so they viewed them as brothers.
Eagles are strength. They were also considered medicine birds with magical powers. They also played a big role when the tribes were having religious ceremonies. Pueblo tribes considered eagles one of the six directional guardians,because of the upward direction, spirituality, and balance. Zunis tribe carve stone eagle fetishes thinking it would protect, believing them to be both healing and hunting powers. The most important traditional dances held by the Hopi and other Pueblo tribes is a dance called the Eagle Dance. Eagles also play a leadership role (either as king of the birds, or as a chief who humans interact with) in some tribal mythology. The Eagle is thought to serve as a messenger between humans and the Creator. The "war eagle" which is the golden eagle is particularly associated with warriors and courage in battle. It's golden feathers were earned by Plains Indian men as war honors and used to adorn feather headdresses. This is a practice still used today, and when a soldier returns from war or if someone achieves a great accomplishment they will be given eagle feathers. At potlatches and other ceremonies as a symbol of peace and hospitality the floor would be dusted with eagle down, by some Northwest Coast tribes.
Hawks portray watchfulness, and hunting skills as well. The American Indians are all of these making them some of the smartest people on earth. The Native American Indian looks deep into a situation to make sure of what is going on. We would all do well to pay attention to the history of these great people , and if you ever have opportunity just listen to what they have to say you will be blessed with wonderful information.
What is a Dreamcatcher?
I added this information mainly because I have always wondered what the dream-catcher was all about. Is also part of the Indian heritage tradition. So, if you didn't know I hope you enjoy this information.
bawaajige nagwaagan meaning "dream snare" is a handmade object based on a willow hoop, on which is woven a loose net or web resembling a spiders web. The dream-catcher is decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.
The dream-catcher was considered a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a symbol of identification with Native American cultures.
The Ojibwa construct dream-catchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow (similar webbing like a spider web). The "dream-catcher" is hung above the bed, this charm is used to protect sleeping people, mostly for children, to help keep them from nightmares.
A dream-catcher can change a person's dreams is what the Ojibwa believe. The bad dreams would stay in the webbing (disappearing in the day light), and the good dreams would come through and slide down the feathers to the person sleeping.
Just a small portion of all the information about these Majestic Peoples
A person could just go on and on about these great people. Many different tribes, and different cultures of each one. But, the main thought is how they got reduced to where they ended up. Like all nationalities there have come to be some great peoples out of these tribes. You can see them on tv and in movies. Anyone remember Tonto and the Long Silver. Great show. I wanted to do this Hub showing how much I appreciate our Native American Indian friends, and how sorry I am that I belong to the line of people who put these great people in a position to where they might feel pushed to the side. I had two wonderful ladies who were going to do an interview for me, but due to health and family issues were unable to do the interview with me. But, I totally respect the love that they offered me, and even invited me to be a part of the Native American Indian family. Love that, thanks goes to Autumn Lomasi Grace for the invite, and a special thanks to Nora McQueen for her lending me the art work I have put here.
Also, Sarra Garrett also from HubPages has an article on "Native Americans Saved the White People and then the Greed Commenced" a great article, and also a fabulous author.