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Culture Clash: The Puritans and the Native Americans

Culture Clash: The Puritans and the Native Americans

Culture Clash: The Puritans and the Native Americans Culture Clash: The Puritans and the Native Americans In 1608, a group of Christian separatists from the Church of England fled to the Netherlands and then to the “New World” in search of the freedom to practice their fundamentalist form of Christianity (dubbed Puritanism). The group of […]

4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture

4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture

Nicely written article! 4 Ways To Honor Native Americans Without Appropriating Our Culture August 26, 2014 by Taté Walker I recently had a friend – a nice white lady I’ve known for years – ask me whether buying moccasins for her infant son would be considered cultural appropriation, and therefore offensive. She has read my many rants on things […]

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 […]

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 […]