April 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm (Customs, Uncategorized)
Even though negative stereotypes exist, the Native American culture is complex, with natural healing ceremonies as a central part of its religion and culture.
1. Native Americans’ religious beliefs about life influences their relationship with nature.
- Adopted Christian views of monotheism,one God- Known as “Great Mystery”
- Believe it is crucial for the spirit to remain balanced and connected to the earth and universe
- The name of an individual is connected to the earth
- believed to be a gift from the Creator
- also caused by immoral behavior
- the disabled are treated with great respect
- also known as Medicine Man, Herbalist, Spirit Communicator
- elder leader is an authority figure
- seen as a counselor or pastor
April 28, 2010 at 3:08 pm (Communitas, Uncategorized)
1. Healing Practices unite and reinforces bonding within the people.
- Polygenesis background- healing practices come from several tribes
- 1830 Indian Removal Act– relocations encouraged continuity and dissemenation of beliefs in an effort to keep their culture alive
2. WE ARE PART OF A WHOLE…..
- Support from family and friends helps invoke power that will scare away bad spirits
- Native American teachings emphasize the tribe as having greater power than the whole
- The community share the task of taking care of the sick and bringing him back to health
- Believe in the “butterfly effect”- everything is related and has an impact on each other no matter how small it may be.
April 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm (Rituals, Uncategorized)
3. The healing ceremonies use hand-crafted talisman and totems to help create liminal space in which the sick is able to find relief.
- The sick is able to leave the stress of the modern world and find hope and guidance through ceremonies, rituals and objects.
- accompanied by song, prayer, chant
- synchrony with people and spirit
THE MEDICINE WHEEL
- represents balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings that enables healing
- used for prayer, meditation, healing, teaching, and celebration
- serves as a cathedral, altar, and bible
- teaches about our life and its connection with the world around us
- cycles of life, death, rebirth
- way to dessiminate traditions and keep culture alive and together for the next generation
- represents power of Mother Earth inside of us and mother’s heart beat
- brings synchrony with energies of the people
- help connect ourselves with the spirit, land and Great Mystery
- sacred purification of mind, body, and soul
- dome shape represents mother’s womb and a rebirth
- connection with the earth seen as spiritual journey
- aimed at enlightenment; visions sometimes occur
- the way the sweat lodge is built and ceremony is held can change the effectiveness of the healing
- alive in spirit
- permission requested to use
- emphasis on procedure
Willow tree-treats pain, form of aspirin
sage- cleans teeth and heals sores
wintergreen- treats joint pain and sore muscles
- great spiritual power
- increases bond with nature
April 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm (Customs, Uncategorized)
Curanderismo- folk healing that involves a mixture of Native and Hispanic healing customs.