In the 1800’s, the Native Americans were suffering at the hands of the Western world. On the reservations where they lived, the conditions were so bad that the people were starting to despair. That’s where Paiute prophet Wovoka came in, promising a return to the days when America was uncolonized.
He’d seen a vision, he said. The earth would return to its natural state, the white people would be gone, and Native Americans and their ancestors could live on the land in peace. If they danced the “round dance” for 5 days straight every six weeks, sang special songs, and bathed in a river afterwards, he promised these dreams of a renewed world would eventually become a reality.
Continue reading The Ghost Dance: A Movement of Hope for Things to Come
Native Americans are a demographic with rich and varied cultures, and they’ve worked hard to preserve and respect their heritage in the present day. Staying connected and having a community to share experiences with are needs almost every person can relate to.
The Native American people come together congregating in huge groups of people to celebrate their relations with one another, the generations who came before, and their spirituality.
If you’re interested in learning more, read on. I’ve written about two of the largest Native American national heritage festivals that, every year, thousands of people attend.
Continue reading Native American Festivals Today: A Thriving Celebration of Culture