• Discovering Native Americans American Indian
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    Ever since 1492 when Christopher Columbus first discovered the America's, society has always held a fascination for the Native American Indian culture. Fear of the unknown established early a view of the American natives that was negative and misrepresentative. The western "white" man contrived a perception of the Native Americans as being inferior and savage. Not much has changed since the fourteen hundreds. Today we still hold a perception of Native American Indians that is misrepresentative a...
  • Native American People Americans Races
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    People had already been living in the Americas for thousands of years before the Europeans "discovered" the Americas. When the Europeans invaded this land they brought with them diseases such as smallpox, malaria, yellow fever, plague, typhus, and influenza contagions that repeatedly spread through the Native American peoples, killing them in high numbers. At the time the United States was settled by Europeans, it was abundantly populated by dozens of separate nations with diverse civilizations ...
  • The Sky Is Gray
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    Life Changing Journeys: "The Sky is Gray", "Blue Winds Dancing" and "The Hammon and the Beans " In the three short stories that we have read, the main characters take life-changing journeys. As we continue to read about these stories we find James in The Sky is Gray, the Native American from Blue Winds Dancing andChonita in the Hammon and the Beans have traveled three separate roads, allowing us to view their journeys in three different ways. James in "The Sky is Gray" shows a black male growing...
  • Native American Music Dance Instruments Styles
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    Native American music has many different musical styles. Within every Native American tribe there is a variety of musical styles and instruments. In response to the research that I have conducted, there are three main musical styles that are going to be my point of focus. The Sioux Grass Dance, the Zuni Lullaby, and the Iroquois Quiver Dance are the principal methods which contribute to Native American music. The Sioux Grass Dance is considered to be the most popular style of Native American Mus...
  • Religion And Spirituality In Native American Culture
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    Religion & Spirituality in the Native American Culture When the topic of the beliefs of the Native American culture arises, most people have generally the same ideas about the culture's beliefs: they are very strong. Being part Native American myself, from the Cherokee tribe, I was raised to know my culture pretty well and follow the same beliefs that they teach and follow. One thing f that my grandma, who is the great-granddaughter of a Cherokee Chief, instilled in me is the importance of my be...
  • Native American People Internet Culture
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    Today, we are living in computer age. Computers can be seen everywhere from kitchen to the living room, from small house to giant company. Computer technology has improved our lives. It will continue to affect our future, which will lead to an easier, less complicated lifestyle, with more job opportunities and their benefits. Computers help people in many different ways and also connect people on all over the world together through out the Internet. The internet is one of the most useful things ...
  • Reservation Blues Native American
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    In the novel Reservation Blues, most of the characters struggle with their identity at some point. Victor has an especially strong urge to rebel against his Native American heritage, which is apparent in his violent, arrogant demeanor and his obvious problem with alcohol. Victor is tied to his past and has trouble coping with his life as it is, and is in a constant battle with himself, his surroundings, and other people. Early in the book, Victor is portrayed as somewhat of a bully, and he and J...
  • Native American Schooling School Indian Schools
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    Native Schooling For many years Native American people have been discriminated against in the United States as well as in the Public School system. Beginning with the common-school movement of the 1830 s and 1840 s, which attempted to stop the flow toward a more diverse society, the school systems have continued to be geared exclusively toward WASPS (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Native Americans have been forced to abandon their culture and conform to our "American" ways (Rothenberg, 1998, pp...
  • Prejudice Against Native Americans
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    Prejudice Against Native Americans Adam J. E. KoenemanEnglish 190-28 Professor EnglesThese people began migrating thirty thousand years before ChristopherColombus 'discovered' the Americas. Native Americans migrated from Asia, crossing a land bridge where the Bering Strait off the coast of Alaska is today. Over the centuries these people spread throughout the continents of North and South America. Since the arrival of the Europeans in 1492 the American Indian has been dehumanized, de civilized a...
  • Native Americans And Colonization
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    Native Americans had inherited the land now called America and eventually their lives were destroyed due to European Colonization. When the Europeans arrived and settled, they changed the Native American way of life for the worst. These changes were caused by a number of factors including disease, loss of land, attempts to export religion, and laws, which violated Native American culture. Native Americans never came in contact with diseases that developed in the Old World because they were separ...
  • Peyote Native America
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    Peyote: A Native Americans Way of Life The Native American tribes of Mexico and North America have used peyote in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Peyote in an Indians eye is a healing drug, a medicine. North Americans might say it s a hallucinogenic drug and that it is very dangerous to one s health. In the United States of America we have freedom of religion. That would be unconstitutional to prohibit the use of peyote to Indian tribes. The use of peyote in Native American religiou...
  • Peyote Use Native American
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    Drug use for religious purposes Jamie Gipson Some of my ancestors are Native American so choose the book: The Peyote Cult La Barre, Weston. (1969). New York: Schock en Books. This book is a study of the background of the Mexican and American Indian rituals based on the plant that produces profound, but temporary sensory and psychic derangements. Peyote is a spineless cactus (Lophophore williams ii), ingested by people in Mexico and the United States to produce visions. The plant is a light blue-...
  • Wikiash Native American
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    Native American literature is, in general, not to my liking. I find that it is very often too far-fetched for even my imagination. Most Native American pieces are more like children's fairy tales, than serious accounts of Indian history. The tale of the first totem pole was no exception to this generalization. I found the piece very slow and quite far-fetched. However, I enjoyed the piece from a fictional literature standpoint. "Wikiash and the First Totem Pole" is a story about a man named Wik...
  • Native American Art Artwork Piece
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    When evaluating art what does one use as criteria for the exhibit? Currently Washington State University's Fine Arts Museum is taking part in The Native American Fine Arts Invitational. They are hosting an exhibit titled "Art in Two Worlds." This exhibit is "celebrating the creativity and innovation of Native American artists." (Exhibition Description Online) The artwork enables its audience to "gain insight and expand their understanding of Native American Fine Art." (Deloris Tarzan Ament, Apri...
  • American Indians In Science And Engineering Society Conference
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    When I decided to continue to pursue higher education, I chose Dartmouth College. I encountered an array of intelligent individuals, but, however, what I found to be delightfully surprising about college is meeting Native American students that represent their nations. These Native American students share the same desire to develop their potential and utilize their knowledge to infinitely benefit society. I was going to Marcos de N iza High School in Tempe, AZ when I first heard about AISES. As ...
  • Native Americans Prior To European Colonization
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    The continent of North America was home to many Native American societies long before the arrival of the first Europeans. For thousands of years they lived in isolation influenced only by the geographic diversity of their natural environment. They learned to adapt to the characteristics of the region they inhabited obtaining the necessities for survival. By the time the first Europeans arrived they found a diverse population of Native Americans, some with "highly sophisticated and complex civili...
  • The Broken Chain Native American
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    The roles the Iroquois had played in early colonial American reflected that of trust for the early English settlers. This was a trust that existed without great cause spurn by lies and with ill effects, evident only in time. Driven by the greed of early colonials in order to separate from their tax-happy mother Britain, Native Americans, as a whole, would be divided and driven from their native lands by an expanding people that would not be limited by the desires, nor any desires to compromise, ...
  • A Native American Powwow
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    A Native American Powwow My daughter's boyfriend, Len, is half Native American. Len and Sue, my daughter, took me to my first Powwow two years ago. It was at the park downtown. I didn't realize what an impact it would have on me. I didn't know much about Native American culture until I attended this event. This experience led me to want to learn more about Powwows. What I observed was how spiritual these celebrations are for the Native Americans. I was told they bless the arena because it is co...
  • Am I Native American
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    Am I Native American? I was born here and have lived here for all my life. But according to many I am not Indian because I am not of Native American decent. The Native American population has all been reduced to a couple thousand due to war, famine, and disease. Technically I should be named a Native American, because I was born on American soil. Shouldn? t I be able to have the same rights afforded to the Indians? Shouldn? t I be allowed to start my own reservation in the desert with my family ...
  • Black Elk Speaks Native American
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    Black Elk tells a story about his family, his tribe, his people, and the circle of life. But most of all Black Elk speaks about his life and his spiritual journey. This is a story of a shaman and as he speaks we go deeper and deeper into his vision from his colorful words we are able to catch a glimpse of Native American religion and their spirituality. By the symbols and Black Elk s poetic words, we are able to get a clear idea what his religion is about and how it affects them in their daily l...