Indian Fetishes

Indian fetishes are Southwest tribal miniature carvings that some say are imbued with spirit forces.Fetishes are hand-carved objects, which represent the spirits of animals or the forces of nature. From the earliest times in North America, the Indians have used fetishes in an effort to master the arbitrary and unpredictable forces beyond their control. The earliest fetishes are called Ahlashiwe or stone ancients by the Zunis. They were naturally formed stones that seemed to resemble people or animals, sometimes made more realistic with the features accentuated by a carver.

Turquoise, the fallen Sky stone

Turquoise, the “fallen skystone”, “gem of the centuries”, is indigenous to the Americas, Egypt, ancient
Persia (Iran), Tibet and China. Throughout human history, the turquoise stone has been revered and admired for its beauty and reputed spiritual life-enhancing qualities. Native American Turquoise Jewelry is still extremely popular today.

Indian Trade Blankets

Whether woven by a Native American or mass-produced by American woolen mills on a Jacquard loom, the blanket is a constant of Native American life and it is inextricably tied to the tradition of trade in the Southwest. To this … Continue reading

The Indian Trade Blanket

Whether woven by a Native American or mass-produced by American woolen mills on a Jacquard loom, the blanket is a constant of Native American life and it is inextricably tied to the tradition of trade in the Southwest.

Cherokee Wedding Customs

Valiance - Feathered Shields

Cherokee wedding customs dictated that relatives and friends follow as the couple entered the sacred council fire area. The bride wore a white dress and white moccasins, usually made from deer or elk skins. The groom wore a roe-colored ribbon shirt, black pants and moccasins.

Sacred Fire Wedding Ceremony

The Acomas

The Sacred Fire Ceremony is symbolic of the separate lives of the couple and the union of One accomplished by this beautiful and exciting ceremony.

A fire circle is built with high sides made of stones. Seven types of wood are specially cut from specific types of trees by a priest or spiritual leader. The wood and fire circle are blessed with prayer and song ceremonies. 

Apache Wedding Prayer

Here is an Apache Wedding Prayer.

Walking Eagle

How President Bush got his Indian Name.

Sacred Peaks offerred prayers and lawsuits for protection

AUTHOR: Somana Yaiva, The Observer

Amidst the dust and set into the backdrop of the San Francisco Peaks, the Navajo Medicinemen’s Association held a weekend long ceremony over April 21 through 23 for the safeguarding and continued protection of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

Navajo Medicinemen’s Association holds protection ceremony

Amidst the dust and set into the backdrop of the San Francisco Peaks, the Navajo Medicinemen’s Association held a weekend long ceremony over April 21 through 23 for the safeguarding and continued protection of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The San Francisco Peaks have been under siege recently by Snowbowl, the ski resort that is located on the San Francisco Peaks, to develop the already established ski trails and to start making artificial snow using reclaimed water. This issue has sparked heated protests from over 13 different tribes living in northern Arizona and surrounding areas.

Ground zero for an accounting that will take seven years

AUTHOR: John Heilprin

Seventy feet beneath the prairie, the governmentt is filling limestone caverns – protected by guards and a bomb-snifffing dog – with truckloads of American Indian financial and cultural records.

The site, ground zero for an accounting that will take seven years and cost $335 million, owes its existence to a bitter class-action lawsuit brought against the Interior Department a decade ago. Still, it’s only a short version of the historical accounting that Indians demanded but no longer want – because they do not think it can be done properly.

The origin of death

AUTHOR: Cheyenne Legend, Myth, Oral Story When the world was created Death did not occur. The Earth became so overcrowded that eventually there wasn’t room for any more beings.

How Sky Dogs (the horse) were created

The Two Brothers

Blackfoot Legend, Oral Story, Myth
As told by He-Who-Loves-Horses

When the horses first appeared to the Blackfeet people, they thought the strange animals were dogs sent as a gift from the sky from Old Man, creator of all things.

Pima Legend of the First People

AUTHOR: Pima Legend, Myth, Oral Story Pima legend of how the first man and first woman were made.

How the Cherokee got Corn

AUTHOR: Cherokee Legend, Myth, Oral Story How Corn came to feed the Cherokee people and people all over the Earth.

Tunkasila, Grandfather Rock

AUTHOR: Sioux Legend, Myth, Oral Story This legend tells why we should respect rocks.

Dine (Navajo) Creation Story

AUTHOR: Dine’ or Navajo creation story, legend, myth, oral story There was once a First World below the World as we know it. Everything was black and it had in it only six beings. They were First Man, the Son … Continue reading

Onondaga Creation Story

Onondaga Creation Story, Oral History

The Onondaga (Onöñda’gega’ or the People of the Hills) are one of the original five constituent nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.

In the beginning of the earth there was no land, just water.Birds and animals were just swimming around never having any land to rest upon. Skyland was way above this and in Skyland there was a Great Tree that was loaded with seeds.

Onondaga Creation Story

Onondaga Creation Story, Oral History

The Onondaga (Onöñda’gega’ or the People of the Hills) are one of the original five constituent nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.

In the beginning of the earth there was no land, just water.Birds and animals were just swimming around never having any land to rest upon. Skyland was way above this and in Skyland there was a Great Tree that was loaded with seeds.

Coyote Moon Myth

AUTHOR: Kalispel Legend, Myth, Oral Story How Coyote was the Moon, then lost that job.

Old ones spirit still palpable at Bandelier National Monument

Bandolier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument’s 90th birthday is a triumph of history, preservation. Bandelier National Monument once home to the Anasazi Cecilia Shields walks in the footsteps of her ancestors. An interpretive park ranger at Bandelier National Monument for the past seven … Continue reading