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Native American Culture : Native Americans

- Native American Culture Have You ever thought about the people who inhabited this land before it was stolen from them. Do you know who they were besides the false name they are given, the things they’ve accomplished and how they have helped us today. in this paper you will learn about the life and hardship the original Americans have endured for over 300 years. Native American way of life Many Native Americans lived like we do, providing food,clothes and homes for their families....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Religion Of Native Americans

- Native American religion tends to center around nature. The scene, creatures, plants, and other natural components assume a noteworthy part in the religion of Native Americans. Many of the legends passed down were an attempt to explain events that occurred in nature. Native American religion incorporates various practices, services, and conventions. These services might be to pay tribute to various occasions. The act of taking certain psychedelic drugs was usually used to increase more prominent knowledge or speak with the divine beings....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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The Language Of Native American Storytelling

- Storytelling is the means by which Native American tribes pass down history, traditions, and spirituality from generation to generation. This rich cultural tradition was all but eradicated after Europeans flooded into North America to claim tribal lands by right of conquest. But in recent years, Native American storytelling has begun to emerge once again to strengthen the culture that was all but lost. As this valuable tradition carries on, it continues to enrich the lives of Native Americans in the twenty-first century....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Vs. European Americans

- Native American vs. European Native Americans and Europeans were the begging of the new world. Their differences are more than similarities, whether by the religion, culture, race, and gender. Native Americans and European spoke two different languages, and lived in two different ways. The reason why Native Americans were called Indians, because when Columbus landed in America he thought that he was in India, so he called them Indians. Native American were nomadic people, some of them were hunter and some were farmers....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American’s, Stereotypes, Discrimination, and Ethnocentrism

- Many races are unjustly victimized, but Native American cultures are more misunderstood and degraded than any other race. College and high school mascots sometimes depict images of Native Americans and have names loosely based on Native American descent, but these are often not based on actual Native American history, so instead of honoring Native Americans, they are being ridiculed. According to the article Warriors Survive Attack, by Cathy Murillo (2009) some “members of the Carpentaria community defended Native American mascot icons as honoring Chumash tradition and the spirit of American Indian Warriors in U.S....   [tags: Native American Culture]

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The Native American Spirituality Throughout America

- The Native American spirituality differs greatly from the other religions practiced in this time throughout the world; they have contrasting values, host ceremonies, and believe in a spirit instead of a God. Their culture has been dwindling since the Europeans traveled throughout North America because the Europeans opposed their faith. The remaining natives have preserved many of their beliefs because of their ancestors relaying the important traditions. Throughout time several themes have remained in this spirituality including nature, relationships, power, and a needed paradigm shift for others....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Mascots Should Not Be Banned

- The use of Native American mascots in colleges, universities, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, sports teams, and groups in today’s society is a highly contentious topic. While some may argue that Native American themed mascots are harmless and non-offensive, others feel that they are unequivocally racist and offensive to the Native American culture and people. It has been proven that racist portrayals of Native Americans are regarded as being acceptable in most schools; while racist portrayals of other ethnic groups are never an acceptable behaviour....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Integrating Holistic Modalities into Native American Alcohol Treatment

- Alcoholism is identified by severe dependence or addiction and cumulative patterns of characteristic behaviors. An alcoholic’s frequent intoxication is obvious and destructive; interfering with the ability to socialize and work. These behavior patterns may lead to loss of work and relationships (Merck, 1999). Strong evidence suggests that alcoholism runs in families (Schuckit, 2009). According to a study published by Schuckit (1999) monozygotic twins were at a significantly higher risk of alcoholism if one twin was an alcoholic....   [tags: Native Americans ]

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Native Americans During The American Civil War

- n 1 The American Civil War was remembered as a war fought from two sides; North and South—and all American. It’s around this time people tend to drift away from an earlier, yet significant subject; What happened to the Native Americans. Most American citizens can name the role of Native Americans during the times of the New World, or during American colonization, but where did they go during the most bloody section of human history. By the mid 19th century, “the Indian problem diminished as the nation moved closer to civil war” (Osborn 11)....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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The United States And Its Influence On Native American Culture

- The 1800’s in America was discreetly a time of harsh and radical reform for the Native population. The United States and its people sought to inform the Native Americans on proper culture and civility. Missionaries and the message of God was the unfortunate bridge between the gap of these two nations. As Karl Marx had said religion became an opium for the masses. Christianity was the governments opium to the Natives and they used religion to control the Indians. Unequivocally the pretenses behind teaching the Natives the gospel in the Bible was aberrant and immoral....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Spiritual Beliefs

- I have decided to discuss the topic of Spirituality in Native Americans. To address this topic, I will first discuss what knowledge I have gained about Native Americans. Then I will discuss how this knowledge will inform my practice with Native Americans. To conclude, I will talk about ethical issues, and dilemmas that a Social Worker might face working with Native American people. In approaching this topic, I first realized that I need to look up some general information about Native Americans in the United States....   [tags: Native American]

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Native American Emigration : Native Americans

- Native American Emigration Native Americans the indigenous people of North America. Natives assisted with the colonization of European travelers in North America. Natives knew best how to effectively use resources and wild game in turn they used it as their best means of trade with the waves of settlers. Natives of North America who had a major role in assisting with the colonization of America were dealt the short stick after settlers arrived, in time it soon led to saddening road of forced diaspora....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Spirituality : Native Americans

- Native American Spirituality Indigenous people around the world have been affected by colonization, Christianization, and the advancement of technologies and development more than any other group. This has caused untold harm as Native peoples have suffered staggering rates of poverty, violence, and suicide. The Native people have not given up. Many indigenous people from tribes around the world are standing up and saying “no more”. They are reclaiming their heritage, their language, traditions, and spirituality and sharing it with the world to encourage a healthier, more balanced way of being....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Indians And Native Americans

- Native Americans were known to be indigenous people because they were always settling in particular regions, so they were known as natives to the lands of America. Later on, Native Americans were known as American Indians. The Native Americans got their name from the first explorer of America, named Christopher Columbus. Christopher Columbus thought that he reached the Indies when he first came to America and so he decided to call the group native residents or “people of India” (Schaefer). Some of the Indian groups are The Cherokees, Navajos, Latin American Indians, Choctaw, Sioux, Chippewa, Apache, Blackfeet, Iroquois and Pueblo (Schaefer)....   [tags: Cherokee, Native Americans in the United States]

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Negative Impact Of Differing Beliefs And Misjudgments On Native American And Spanish Relations

- Negative Impact of Differing Beliefs and Misjudgments on Native American and Spanish Relations The different beliefs that Native Americans and the Spanish had and the misjudgments they had about each other, were key sources for the violent conflict that arose between the two. These differences, and misjudgments by the Spanish can be seen through the stories of the Iroquois Native Americans and the writings of Bartolome de Las Casas. One source of discord between the two groups was there different ways of looking at land itself and how it was to be treated....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States, Religion]

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The American Of The Native Americans

- Most all ethnicities and cultures have been prosecuted at one time or another from an oppressing source. In the case of the Native Americans, it was the English coming in and taking their land right from underneath them. As the new colonies of the cohesive United States of America expanded, they ran into the territories of the then referred to Indians. These people were settled down south on the east coast, for example Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas. America obtained this land through the Louisiana Purchase, where they bought it from France....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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American Treatment of Native Americans

- Before, during, and after the Civil War, American settlers irreversibly changed Indian ways of life. These settlers brought different ideologies and convictions, such as property rights, parliamentary style government, and Christianity, to the Indians. Clashes between the settlers and Indians were common over land rights and usage, religious and cultural differences, and broken treaties. Some Indian tribes liked the new ideas and began to incorporate them into their culture by establishing written laws, judicial courts and practicing Christianity, while other tribes rejected them (“Treatment”)....   [tags: history, native americans]

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William Apess : The Bold Voice Of The Native Americans

- William Apess: The Bold Voice of the Native Americans William Apess broke the mold by writing this autobiography titled A Son of the Forest in 1829, considering it was not a common literary form for his time. Apess also set the bar as the earliest autobiography written and published by a Native American. Throughout the piece we learn his highs and lows, the prejudices he encountered, his different jobs, and his ordainment as a minister. Apess was the child of a mixed-race shoemaker, and a slave/indentured servant....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States, Race]

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Native American Ritual Dancing

- Native American Ritual Dancing “It has often been said that the North American Indians ‘dance out’ their religions” (Vecsey 51). There were two very important dances for the Sioux tribe, the Sun Dance and the Ghost Dance. Both dances show the nature of Native American spirituality. The Ghost Dance and the Sun Dance were two very different dances, however both promote a sense of community. “The Sun Dance was the most spectacular and important religious ceremony of the Plains Indians of 19th-century North America” (Lawrence 1)....   [tags: Native Americans Rituals Traditions Dance Essays]

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Native American Religion

- When Europeans first set foot upon the shores of what is now the United States they brought with them a social structure which was fundamentally based around their concept and understanding of Western European Christianity. That the indigenous peoples might already have a thriving civilization, including religious beliefs and practices, that closely paralleled the beliefs and practices of European civilization, was a concept not considered by these early explorers and settlers. This European lack of cultural understanding created tensions, between Native Americans and Europeans, and later between Native Americans and Euro-Americans, that eventually erupted into open warfare and resulted in g...   [tags: Native American Culture]

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Native American History

- Popular culture has shaped our understanding and perception of Native American culture. From Disney to literature has given the picture of the “blood thirsty savage” of the beginning colonialism in the new world to the “Noble Savage,” a trait painted by non-native the West (Landsman and Lewis 184) and this has influenced many non native perceptions. What many outsiders do not see is the struggle Native American have on day to day bases. Each generation of Native American is on a struggle to keep their traditions alive, but to function in school and ultimately graduate....   [tags: American Indian Culture]

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Cultural Differences Between Native Americans and the American Colonists

- When the colonists came to America, they classified the Native Americans as complete brutal savages. But was that a correct assumption. The Native Americans lived a life that was a complete opposite from the way that the Europeans were accustomed to. The Native Americans believed that the land was shared by everyone and not one person could own it. The Native Americans also had a polytheistic religion which completely went against the beliefs of the colonists. The colonists viewed the Native Americans as savages and barbarians because their ways of living were different....   [tags: american history, American Indians, Colonial Ameri]

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Native Peoples : Native Tribes

- American Indians are a collection of individuals that collectively make up a vast number of tribes. Each individual tribe has its own unique origin rooted in different creation stories, religions, and languages. However, this basic notion that diversity exist among Native tribes is often times not common knowledge to the general public. There is a variety of reason for why such information is not common knowledge among the general public. Some of the reasons for why this occurs are that; the history of Native peoples is told briefly and as one collective story, Native people are portrayed as primitive in the media, and Native people’s history is only briefly touched on in school....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Peoples And The English Settlers

- The Native American peoples and the English settlers viewed each other differently, and these different interpretations shaped their perspectives on each other’s way of living. The English viewed Native Americans as a lesser because they did not abide to their religion. The differences that separated them were things such as religion, lifestyles, and political structure. Because of their cultural differences, the gender roles varied in each settlement. Also, since Native American’s viewed the English settlers as a source of trade and way of improving social status within their tribe, once their relationship with the settlers became violent the natives could not sustain a normal way of living...   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Culture : The United States

- The United States has a dominant culture that those raised in the States are used to. Cultures vary in category. Some cultures are grouped together by race, gender, socio-economic status, the environment, sexual identity, and IQ. As an educator, it is best practice never to assume someone is like the rest of his or her culture. Being open-minded and willing to learn from them will create a successful teacher-student relationship. According to Native American Contributions, Native American influence is found in many US states (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_024206.pdf)....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Mascots : Native Americans And A Glimpse Of Century Old Racism

- Native Americans and a glimpse of century old racism Since 1970, over 2,000 high schools and colleges have dropped their Native American-themed mascots (Lowe). Mascots that stereotype a certain race or minority in any way is almost always racist and offensive. Indian mascots do not only lower self-respect for native American adults and children but completely disrespect their culture and religion. Just like the imagery of slavery or poor Irish immigrants, Indian mascots not only paint a portrait of twenty-first-century racism but is also a constant reminder of the most oppressed minority in the United States of America....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native Americans : A Country Of Freedom

- This quote summarizes an evolving issue within North American. Though Canada is known to be a country of freedom, it’s history says something very different. Native Americans are a group of people who have been severely terrorized and oppressed within North America. They were colonized by European settlers and forced to live a life that was not their own. French soccer player Zidane, experienced his own form of stereotyping. In which the media and press constantly reminded him of his immigrant status....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native Americans And The European Settlers

- 1. Land and Nature - Native Americans and the European settlers had fundamentally different views on land and the role of nature in the lives of humans. The European settlers saw the wilderness as a task provided by God; it was to be cultivated and made useful for economic and personal gain. To not do so would be wasting the bounty that God had provided for them. The Native American view of land was also tied to a higher power too, but in a much different way than the Europeans. Land was sacred and entrusted to man by the “Great Spirit”....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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The Issue Of Native Americans Mascots

- Introduction In recent months the issue of Native Americans mascots has resurfaced in the media. This time the debate revolved around public schools that are still using the derogatory term “Redskins” as a name, mascot, or nickname. This month California became the first state to ban the use of “Redskins” as the team name, mascot, or nickname of any public school. Although the issue of Native Americans being used as mascots is not a new issue the recent legislation passed by Gov. Jerry Brown has once again brought this issue to the surface....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native Americans: Good or Evil People

- Over the course of history, there have been many different views of Native Americans, or Indians, as many have referred to them. Some have written about them in a positive and respectful manner while others have seen them as pure evil that waged war and killed innocent men, women, and children. No matter what point of view one takes, though, one thing is clear and that is if it were not for these people the early settlers would not have survived their first year in the new land now called the United States of America....   [tags: Native Americans]

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The Depiction Of Native Americans

- The depiction of Native Americans to the current day youth in the United States is a colorful fantasy used to cover up an unwarranted past. Native people are dressed from head to toe in feathers and paint while dancing around fires. They attempt to make good relations with European settlers but were then taken advantage of their “hippie” ways. However, this dramatized view is particularly portrayed through media and mainstream culture. It is also the one perspective every person remembers because they grew up being taught these views....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Medicine and Spiritual Healing

- Throughout time, mankind has persistently been seeking ways to maintain their health and to cure those that had not been so fortunate in that task. Just about everything has been experimented with as a cure for some type of illness; whether physical, spiritual or mental. There has always been evidence of spiritual healing and it will continue to be an important part of any healing process, large or small. In particular the roots of Native American Medicine men (often a woman in some cultures) may be traced back to ancient times referred to as Shaman....   [tags: spiritual healing, medicine, Native Americans, Sha]

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Native American And Native Americans

- If an average American citizen was asked to describe Native Americans, they might say something like “they all wore feather headbands and lived in teepees.” Often, in our minds and in modern media, Native Americans are seen as interchangeable and indistinguishable. However, the lives and cultures of Native Americans were hardly uniform. From the magnificent cities and expansive empires of South America to the nomadic tribes of the Great Plains, Native Americans of different regions led distinct lives....   [tags: Indigenous peoples of the Americas, North America]

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Native American Female Artist : Roxanne Swentzell

- In every artist’s work, there is a deeply rooted message— with the occasional less fundamental message— pertaining to what the artist is attempting to communicate. As a Native American female artist, Roxanne Swentzell has taken multiple mediums in sculpting and has utilized her abilities to create images reflecting issues pertaining to: being a native, a woman, flawed human being, and the list goes on. Roxanne Swentzell is notable on the contemporary art “map,” distinctly, in her pieces “The Therapist,” “Bridging Two Worlds,” and “The Next Generation” when considering their themes and how they reflect her personally and her tribe in contemporary and Native American senses....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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The Rituals Of Native Americans

- The syncretism and hybridity of religion represents the fluidity and ease in which religion can adapt to change over time, setting, and location. In the case of Native Americans, the syncretism and hybridity is rather a means to assert agency as well as an opportunity to preserve Native American religion in the face of European forced religious imperialism. An integral part of many Native American rituals, peyote is a small, spineless cactus is often seen as an important medicine in communities which practice peyote worship....   [tags: Religion, Native Americans in the United States]

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Use of Native American Mascots is NOT Racist

- Issue of whether to keep Mascots in schools or not, started in late 1970’s and from then this debate is going on. Most of the schools have Indian Mascots in place for half a century and suddenly it become problem to use Indian Mascots. Over 500 Native American organizations also announced their support for the removal of those mascots and over 1200 schools across the United States have changed the name of their sports teams and some school refused to play with those schools using Indian mascots....   [tags: Native American Mascots Essays]

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The Native American Experience: Through The Eyes of Poetry

- Code “What I’m about to tell you, Corporal, cannot leave this room. Under no circumstances can you allow your code talker to fall into enemy hands. Your mission is to protect the code… at all cost.” In the movie, Windtalkers, this is how a commander wants his marine to treat the paired Navajo code talker. That is, if it’s necessary, his marine could kill the Navajo, just like abandoning one of his properties. Even in the mid 1900s, the Native Americans were still treated not as human beings, but rather, machines; therefore, it is not hard for us to imagine how even more frightening the Native Americans’ circumstances were in the early days when they were first colonized by the western sett...   [tags: Native Americans Literature]

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Native American Voices Know the Definition of Native American

- Many school children celebrate a cliché Thanksgiving tradition in class where they play Indians and Pilgrims, and some children engage in the play of Cowboys vs. Indians. It is known that some died when colonization occurred, that some fought the United States government, and that they can be boiled down to just another school mascot. This is what many people understand of the original inhabitants of America. Historical knowledge of these people has been shallow and stereotyped. The past 150 years has given birth to a literate people now able to record their past, present, and future....   [tags: American History, Oral Tradition]

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Culture Conflicts: Native Americans versus The White Man

- People had already been living in America long before the white man ever “discovered” it. These people were known as the Native Americans. Most of them had lived peacefully on the land, for hundreds of years until the early 1800s when white settlers began their move west. As these white settlers came upon the Native Americans, they brought with them unwavering beliefs that would end up causing great conflicts with the Native people, who had their own set of values. It was clear that the white man and the Native Americans could not live among each other peacefully for their values and culture were much too different....   [tags: native americans, land, conflicts]

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Native American Folklore As Mythology

- Throughout history, and all over the world, mythology has been developed as a way of explaining the unknown and coping with one’s existence. Why does the sun shine. Well, seemingly, to generations past, something is controlling the universe, so there must be a god in charge of the sun and many other natural phenomenon. During the creation of Native American myths, “there was much in the way of free-range food, but hunting wasn't as easy as getting up in the morning, taking a stroll and shooting a few passing bison with your bow” (Godchecker)....   [tags: us history, american history]

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Native American Poetry: Joy Jarjo

- Joy Harjo is a Native American poet who uses her heritage as an influence in her writing. She also uses her Native American background to bring awareness to the adversities that they encounter in the society, especially from a feminist point of view. The poem, written in the style of a Native American chant, “She Had Some Horses” gives a voice to a voiceless woman which gives her the opportunity to tell her story and provides her with a sense of worth. In the poem “She Had Some Horses” we can identify various themes throughout the poem that show the influence of her Native American culture and feminist views in her writing....   [tags: society, adversities, culture, stanza]

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The Native American Experience as Portrayed Through the Essay Titled, Address, and the Painting Titled, Among the Sierra Nevada

- The Native Land Imagine living in a place where you feel free, and safe all of your life, and then one day it’s all taken away from you. Native Americans have always depended on the land to take care of them. Had the Great Spirit forsaken them. These are the thoughts that pondered the mind of Seattle as he answered to the Governor of Washington, in the essay titled “Address”. What was the purpose or message behind Albert Bierstadt’s painting titled “Among the Sierra Nevada”. How are these two separate works associated....   [tags: native american indians, american history, art]

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Native Americans And Its Impact On Our Lives

- Native Americans possess a greatly different spirituality than our culture has today. We have varying beliefs, values, and traditions that we deem as normal. If the current generation had to change its way of life to mimic the natives, there would be several potential benefits for ourselves and Mother Earth. There would be considerable changes in role of nature within our lives, the foundation of relationships, and the meaning of connotation of power that would be the cause of a complete paradigm shift throughout the population....   [tags: Culture, Native Americans in the United States]

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Should The Federal Government Give Native American Nations Sovereignty Over Their Natural Resources?

- Should the Federal Government give Native American Nations sovereignty over their natural resources. In the United States there has always been a wealth inequality endured by minorities but no community has suffered greater than those who have inhabited these lands originally. Native Americans remain critically disadvantaged because of the lingering effects of colonization and the reservations that were established to allow for tribal nationhood have been described as having living conditions that are normally seen in the third world....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American and The US government

- Native American and The US government The Iroquois Nation was a nation of five tribes, which was comprised of Mohawks, Senecas, Oneidas, Cayugas, and Onondagas. These tribes were originally separated, but later brought together by two Indians named Hiawatha and Deganawidah. Hiawatha seemed to be the spokesman while Deganawidah took on the role as a philosopher. These two men formed a nation where some of the ideas are still intact today. One aspect that made them so strong was the way in which they governed themselves....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Domestic Manifestation Of American Imperialism

- Although imperialism is thought of as an international political practice, such a characterization of imperialism neglects the significance of domestic events in imperial ambitions. Cultural historian Robert Rydell postulated that the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition ushered in an era of American political and social imperial policy. The organizers of the 1893 Exposition, Rydell argued, created conflicting exhibitions to highlight the technological achievements of white civilization, but in contrast, featured non-White, specifically Native Americans, as barbarous and incapable of civility....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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The History of Native Americans

- Native American were the first to inhabit the country America.They lived about 40,000 years ago.Native American has a rich history.Native American lived in many tribe.They were very religious.They fought in many battles.Native American had a history in which they struggle, strife, and triumph. Native American lived in tribes.In which they built cities. They got food by hunting and fishing. Some tribes had a forms of trade, and money was used.Native American lived in Hogan, Teepee, longhouse, and cedar plank house.The men were hunters, warriors, and protectors, while the women tended to the children, their homes, and farmed....   [tags: culture, religion, tribes]

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Alternative Representations Of The American Wilderness

- Alternative Representations of the American Wilderness The United States of America—a melting pot of people, but more specifically, a melting pot of opinions. From Native Americans to later European settlers, America’s people constantly disputed about their beliefs of government and religion. Wars were even fought over these differences in opinions. One conflicting topic many may not think of is people’s differing viewpoints of the American wilderness. When one thinks of nature in American literature, Transcendentalist texts may come to mind, but in reality, the American wilderness played a very important role in early American writings as well....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Sound Instruments

- "Native American Sound Instruments" Through my own personal experiences and teachings from Native Americans, that have offered to enlighten me, I've gathered that there is a sacred nature rich in spirit and soul to them. The Native American lives religion as a way of life. Children of the tribe grow up in this world of spirituality and learn from example that religion can come as easily as taking a breath every day. This is no attempt to lead into the topic of religion, yet it needs to be known that the Native American sound instruments are used as a part of that religion or spirituality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Native American

- ... It is used to communicate with the spirit world and is also used as a medicine. Native American religions and Christianity are far from the same. Even though they do consist of many great differences there are some similarities. Both believe in one creator although the name of that creator is different between the two. The Natives call this creator “Master Spirit” where the Christians call it God. The two also believe in an after life. The Natives though believe that the afterlife is becoming a spirit of the animal....   [tags: religion, church, life ]

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The American Revolution And American Civil War

- The American Revolution and the American Civil War questioned the integrity and outlook of the men and women that encompassed the North American continent. There was a significance in difference between even the most basic aspects of both wars which include the style of battle that was conducted, variation in armory and defense tactics, and the number of casualties. One similarity is probably the cause of both wars which involved the preservation of the current system of government and remain unified....   [tags: United States, American Revolution]

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Ancient Native American Traditions

- Ancient Native American Traditions The novel "Reservation Blues" does not describe or deal with real Indians. The real Native Americans were forever destroyed by the government the second that they set foot upon the makeshift reservation. That very second saw the perish of all the age-long values and traditions that, before that moment, defined, raised, and watched over every Indian boy and girl, every Indian husband and wife, and every Indian father and mother. The U.S. government easily and nonviolently accomplished what the army has been struggling to do for many years, it wiped out a whole race of people, turning them into a mindless horde that was of concern to no one....   [tags: History culture Indians Essays]

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Native Americans in Poverty a Losing Battle: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

- ... This creates an infinite circle of impoverishment. The main character of the novel, Junior, makes the hardships of being in poverty clear in this statement: “It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you some- how deserve to be poor. You start believing that you’re poor because you’re stupid and ugly. And then you start believ- ing that you’re stupid and ugly and because you’re Indian. And because you’re Indian you start believing you’re destined to be poor. Its an ugly circle and there’s nothing you can do about it.”(Alexie 13) Junior states that there is nothing that anyone can do about being in poverty, believing that there is no way to change one’s future....   [tags: no escape, native americans]

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Cultural Identity in Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee

- When asked to define ones cultural identity people usually take the path that leads to their country of origin. They describe their beliefs and tradition which mirrors the values of people within that geographic location. But what about the people who are torn between two cultures. How would they define their cultural identity. This is the problem faced by Henry Park, the protagonist of the book Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee. Originally from Korea, he immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was little....   [tags: Native Speaker Essays]

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The Relationship between the Environment and Humans as Shown by the Native Americans and the English Settlers

- The relationship held between the environment and humans is sacred and ever-changing. Both the Native Americans and the English settlers used the land to their advantage, but they had different goals in mind. The English Settlers were more interested in creating civilizations and killing animals so they could make a profit. Native Americans were more interested in using the land and the animals that they killed in an efficient manner. Native Americans were natural born warriors, they were not schooled and they suffered from a lack of farming abilities, but their capability to adapt to their surroundings was unmatched and gave them a greater appreciation for the land they lived on....   [tags: Environment, Humans, Environmentalism, Native Amer]

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The Native Americans

- Since 1492 there was a European country that has settled here in what we now call America. The country that was settled here was Spain. There were also other people that were here as well, the Native Americans. The Native Americans were not use or had no knowledge of these countries that were coming into their homeland. Spain would set up a colony first in Cuba. When they were in Cuba they were killing off the population of the island. After they were in Cuba they set up settlement in St. Augustine, which is in current day Florida....   [tags: American Revolution, United States]

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Native American Remedies

- Native American Remedies "Mike Spring, paralyzed from the waist... down and in constant pain, sailed to the Azores and back. On his return, he confounded his TV interviewer with the statement that the only way he was able to obtain relief from the pain that continually racked his body was to press his back to an oak tree. This simple and cost-free action would then afford him several hours of complete relief and helped him to carry on in life. When asked for a scientific explanation, Mr. Spring replied that he had none-- it simply worked....   [tags: Medicine Culture Papers]

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The, Klan Hood, And The Native American

- The noose, Klan hood, and the Native American headdress represent how America mistreats other people. The noose and the Klan hood show that America is a place that discriminates against black people in its own society. Even though the Nazi party murdered millions of people in cold blood, they still saw our racism as a point they could use to persuade their citizens that we are evil. The Native American headdress has the same metaphor but for the Native American people. Our ancestors killing the Native Americans is another example of how we are malicious....   [tags: United States, World War II]

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History of Native American Literature

- The normal life of Native Americans in early America was pretty low key. They were the only people in Northern America until the end of the 15th century. Soon after, in the 16th and 17th centuries, many people from Europe traveled to America. This caused many problems for the American Indians. The European diseases and weapons caused many deaths among the Native Americans. They were abused by the newcomers who stole their land and treated them badly. There were wars between Indian tribes that caused injury and death....   [tags: story telling, tribes, spiritual]

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Hispanic and Native Americans Culture in California

- Upon initial research of the rich heritage of California the two minority groups that stood out as especially influential in historic California and today’s society are the Native Americans and Hispanic Americans. To better understand and identify with these minority groups we must identify the common themes within their day to day life. By researching each culture’s common family traditions, religious beliefs, arts & entertainment, and language one can gain a greater appreciation of many different kinds of people, and in turn have more effective relationships in a multicultural society....   [tags: Culture ]

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A Brief History of American Imperialism

- The United States saw its territory more than double in the first three decades of the 19th century. Bursting with nationalist fervor, an insatiable desire for more land, and a rapidly increasing population, the western frontiers of the United States would not remain east of the Mississippi. The eventual spread of the American nation beyond the Mississippi into Native and French land, referred to as “Manifest Destiny” by John O’Sullivan, was rationalized as a realization of their God given duty....   [tags: Native American genocide]

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A Marxist Reading of Native Son

- A Marxist Reading of Native Son In the Communist Manifesto Karl Marx states clearly that history is a series of class struggles over the means of production. Whoever controls the means of production also controls society and is able to force their set of ideas and beliefs onto the lower class. The present dominant class ideology is, as it has been since the writing of the United States Constitution, the ideology of the upper-class, Anglo-Saxon male. Obviously, when the framers spoke of equality for all, they meant for all land-owning white men....   [tags: Native Son Essays]

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Native American History And History

- I write to apply for your Visiting Assistant Professorship in twentieth-century African American history. I am a broadly-trained U.S. historian with additional teaching fields in the history of race, and the history of gender and science. I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Vanderbilt University. Under the direction of Professor Sarah Igo, I am completing a dissertation entitled, “‘Problem and Promise:’ Scientific Experts and the Mixed-Blood in the Modern U.S., 1870-1970,” which I will defend in May 2016....   [tags: Race, Miscegenation, Sociology, Race]

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Christianization among Native Americans

- Wrong actions can affect your surroundings negatively, and can clearly have profound effects on people, animals, or nature. One of the examples that have led to the destruction of culture and nature is colonization. Colonization is the mistreatment of a weak country by a powerful country, moving their people into the territory of interest, and exercising power to rule over the people, and the land. Some of the colonization that took place ended up eradicating people’s spiritual and religious beliefs and replacing it with theirs....   [tags: American History]

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The European Impact on Native American Technology

- The European Impact on Native American Technology When European exploration led to the populating of the Americas, it was described as the event with one of the greatest ecological impacts in history. The force behind this impact was the mass movement of people and their behavior's toward their "New World". It only stands to reason that a clash would occur with the natives of these lands. One of the areas with the greatest conflict was the field of technology. Scientifically, when the cultures of 15th century Europe and the natives in the Americas are concerned, the two are fairly alike....   [tags: American America History]

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Native American Stereotype Representation

- Native American Stereotype Representation Stereotyping may be historical, but the emotions it arouses are eminently present today. According to Jack G. Shaheen, “Stereotypes are especially confining images. They are standardized mental picture[s] . . . representing oversimplified opinion[s] . . . that [are] staggeringly tenacious in [their] hold over rational thinking,” (303). It is obvious today that the presence of the Native American Indians is historically significant. Attitudes of those in the nineteenth century, who viewed images of American Indians, were shaped through the means of media....   [tags: traditional, image, savages]

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The West : The True Nature Of People

- The American Western era was a fascinating time in history. Though it is often associated with clashes between cowboys, duels, and ghost towns, this was not the entire reality. The west was a complex and important time in American history. The people and events would shape America into what it has become today. This era, while an important one, is too often exaggerated and falsified. The truth of this era, therefore is lost in translation. In Cather’s My Antonia several aspects of the west are explored, including the true nature of people, the cruelty of nature, and the frequent struggle to survive....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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African and Native American Influence in America

- The African American slave influence in the beginnings of American culture and technology and Native Americans of the North American Continent were significant in creating America. By revealing the different ways this achieved, we can see the work and techniques that drove the new country and how this created by the political, as well as ideological ramifications of their labors. With all of these contributions to the new country of the United States, we see that the formation of the world power built on the principles that the early settlers created in their work....   [tags: Social Studies]

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Native American Education

- Children were taken away from their homes and told everything they knew was wrong. They were sent to boarding schools to change their culture. These boarding schools were run by the United States government. The government's goal was to civilize Native Americans. They sent children to these schools against their will. Native American children were educated like Americans and they had to change their native ways to be more like whites (Cayton 266). Teachers abused their students and beat their native ways out of them....   [tags: children, schooling, violation, rights, culture]

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The American Of American Indian Mascots

- Citing dozens of articles on this subject, in 2005 the American Psychological Association recommended a resolution for the discontinuation of American Indian Mascots. In the report, former APA President Ronald F. Levant stated "The use of American Indian mascots as symbols in schools and university athletic programs is particularly troubling because schools are places of learning. These mascots are teaching stereotypical, misleading and too often, insulting images of American Indians. These negative lessons are not just affecting American Indian students; they are sending the wrong message to all students” (APA, 2005)....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Native American Religions

- Over the century Native American religions have been repressed and misunderstood. There has been little room for them to actually be able to explain their rituals and why it is important to them as a society. This ignorance’s has resulted in the loss of land, false practices with sacred objects, and a lack of education within the rituals of indigenous religions. The indigenous population deserves support to preserve their practices and language. Since most of these religions have been repressed for so long many elders do not wish to teach their kin about their religion in fear of rejection from the modern society....   [tags: society, rituals, religious freedom]

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On How the American Indians Were Removed from Their Land

- "One by one Indian peoples were removed to the West. The Delaware, the Ottawa, Shawnee, Pawnee and Potawatomi, the Sauk and Fox, Miami and Kickapoo, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole. In all some 90 thousand Indians were relocated. The Cherokee were among the last to go. Some reluctantly agreed to move. Others were driven from their homes at bayonet point. Almost two thousands of them died along the route they remembered as the Trail of Tears." For decades, the state of Georgia sought to enforce its authority over the Cherokee Nation, but its efforts had little effect until the election of President Andrew Jackson, a longtime supporter of Indian removal....   [tags: Native American history]

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Sherman Alexie A Native American Writer

- Sherman Alexie has made a name for himself as a prolific contemporary Native American writer, taking inspiration from his own past and experiences with modern Indian life. While there are many enduring themes throughout Alexie's writings: Native identity, modern reservation life, alcohol abuse etc. when it comes to his collection War Dances, the most apparent motif is fatherhood. Community and family are the heart of Native American cultures, with the father archetype holding great honor and expectation....   [tags: fatherhood, war dances]

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Native American English : Lumbee English

- A culture and language that has taken centuries to develop has rapidly faded away in the span of a few years. A culture and language of value, respect, and beauty, of a people that have educated us on how to survive, people that we owe not only our lives to, but the lives of our ancestors to. A form of Native American English called Lumbee English is a language primarily spoken in Robeson County North Carolina by a tribe known as the Lumbee Indians, who are the largest group of Native Americans East of the Mississippi River....   [tags: English language, United States, North Carolina]

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Native American Tribes: The Choctaw Tribe

- Prior to the first European settlers stepping foot onto what is now the United States, Native American tribes flourished for hundreds of years. Each tribe was unique, yet all shared in the practice of living off of natural resources the land provided. Once European settlers discovered the Americas, the tails of the country’s native inhabitants spread across the seas. These early settlers began to trade with the natives and eventually named the “Five Civilized Tribes” (Choctaw Indian Facts). These tribes included the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and Choctaw Indians....   [tags: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole]

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Holocaust vs. Native American Genocide

- The term genocide brings awful things to mind. For most, it probably directs their attention towards the Holocaust; this was definitely a gruesome and obvious example of genocide, but there are many others with great similarities that are not very well known. One of these is the decimation of the Native American population by the European settlers and the atrocious things that were done to them such as the trail of tears following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 during the settling of North America....   [tags: nazis, weapon, european settlers]

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African Americans, Asian Americans And Native Americans

- In the wake of one of the most destructive and devastating catastrophes ever to have occurred in this country, sparks of aggressive discussion over matters of class and race were reignited as news outlets released images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. An image from the Associated Press (AP) shows a young black man, wading through waist-high floodwaters, dragging a large floating bag of supplies after, as the caption indicates, “looting” a grocery store. A contrasting image from Agence France-Presse (AFP) shows a pair of Caucasian residents, a man and a woman, trudging through the same waters after “finding” a meager set of rations from a local store....   [tags: Asian American, White American, Race]

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American Indians

- American Indians form one of the minorities groups in America. Yet their native soil has the leading population in the world. America was inclined by their viewpoint before the first settler. Many of the Indians came to America as early as the turn of the century, in which they were deprived of residency until a congressional act was approved in 1946(Lee 106). Most Indians have supplied abundant assistance to the culture and flawless being of US; majorities of these donations regulate to the science field....   [tags: Native Americans, American History]

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American Vampires Vs. Native American Werewolves

- American Vampires vs. Native American Werewolves Who will win, cowboys or Indians. In this particular case, will it be the American vampires or the Native American werewolves. In Stephenie Myer’s novel, “Twilight” she writes about an unseen war going on between two different types of beings. Under almost all circumstances, in the media, the Indians always loose. That is how it has always been for centuries. There is an unsaid racial difference throughout the Twilight series. White vs. Dark. In this sense, white is looked at as “good” while dark is looked at as “bad.” The way Bella consciously thinks about Edward clearly advises the reader that because of his appearance, he receives all of t...   [tags: Jacob Black, Bella Swan, Twilight, New Moon]

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The Crucial Role of Native Americans

- For the better part of American history, the Indians have been viewed and portrayed as dimwitted, helpless victims that aimlessly stood by while the Europeans conquered their land, but this view has recently come under fire and has been overturned, as it was determined to be misleading and inaccurate. Two historians that have questioned the legitimacy of past beliefs regarding the Indians are Charles Mann and James Axtell. Each has made it plainly clear in their articles that the actions of Indians should no longer be treated as useless footnotes on the pages of history....   [tags: Colonial America]

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