Culture & Tribal Customs

Culture and Tribal Customs



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List of top Native American Organizations

A list of native american resources serving native american communities.

Many Indians say, ‘no thanks’ to Thanksgiving

AUTHOR: Anju Kaur

Desiree Shelley’s family has observed Thanksgiving for generations, but
that doesn’t mean she doesn’t understand the protests of fellow Indians who

A native of Baltimore, Shelley has roots in the Monacan tribe of Virginia.
Her father is part Monacan, a tribe that was “Christianized” shortly after
the Jamestown colonization in the early 1600s, she said.

“Even if some American Indians celebrate (the holiday), there is a
prevailing feeling of hurt for a lot of people,” Shelley said. “We have all
been assimilated and colonized. We have lost our history, our language and
our culture. What do you expect?”

Native American Culture Groups (1491-1607)

This video lesson for US History students summarizes the key characteristics of  five major Native American culture groups in North America at the time of European contact.

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The Mother Blessingway Ceremony
Yup’ik and Cup’ik Culture