Native American History – How The Powwow Began

Native American History – How The Powwow Began

“Powwow was an Algonquin term, “pauwau” or “pauau”, which referred to a gathering of medicine men and spiritual leaders. “Pauwauing” referred to a religious ceremony, usually one of curing. In the 1800’s the European explorers observing these religious gatherings and dances mispronounced the word as powwow. (Jennings, The Invasion of America, p. 241.) In 1646 […]

Native American Traditions – Origins of the Smoke Signal

Native American Traditions – Origins of the Smoke Signal

Origins of the Smoke SignalBy Grandmother Selma A gentle… almost magical… puff of smoke rises up toward the clouds and heavens, floating, suspended in space, lifting then gradually disappearing, being consumed by the earth surrounding it and the breath of the wind that carries it. An ancient skill of communication and survival, one that is […]

Hmong Traditions – Rituals & Ceremonies: Wedding Ceremony

Hmong Traditions – Rituals & Ceremonies: Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony: Traditional Hmong marriage involves elaborate preparation, a symbolic ceremony, and huge banquets. Depending upon the affluence of the families involved, the wedding can last anywhere from one to three days. Gift exchange between the two families, as well as elegant food preparation, always precedes the ceremony. A Hmong wedding ritual involves tying a […]

What are the Hmong “religious/religion or spiritual” beliefs?

What are the Hmong “religious/religion or spiritual” beliefs?

What are the Hmong “religious/religion or spiritual” beliefs is one question one might ask. Well the traditional Hmong religious practice involves the worship of ancestors, natural spirits and the supernatural world, traditionally called Animist or Ua Dab in Hmong and the Hmong people referred to it as “kev cai dab qhua”, which means “the way […]