Thanks for reblogging those photos I took at the Grand Portage Ojibwe/Chippewa pow wow. I would have taken more, but did not out of respect for the Ojibwe people, who asked that their sacred ceremonies not be photographed. The two photos I did take were taken with explicit permission from those being photographed.
Thank you for being respectful of the Ojibwe ceremonies. And thank you for taking them and posting them, they’re really amazing. : ) I hope the followers of this tumblr like them as much as I do.
Hi! Thanks for being here. I'm part of a family of Cherokee descendants named Sizemore. I'm in an odd position where it's hard to know what I am, because I'm of mixed cultural and ethnic heritage. I've been told I'm Cherokee my whole life without ever having been exposed to actual Cherokee culture. If you know anything about historic or contemporary Cherokee life, I want to know it. Thank you, again, for being here.
I’m not Cherokee myself, so I’m not really fully versed on their specific teachings, or history.
It really depends on what Cherokee clan you’re from, because the Cherokee Nation is so big and wide spread that their cultural practices vary from clan to clan, location to location, family to family, etc. So what might be true of one Cherokee tribe, might not be true for another.
I do know that Cherokee people allied with Britain in the French and Spanish wars, and fought on both sides of the Civil War.
Cherokees are a distant cousin of the Iroquois and so they speak a version of Iroquoian.
They were farmers as well as hunters and believed water to be very sacred.
And one of the most famous and well known Cherokee legends is the story of “Two Wolves”.
But this is simple research that you could do yourself at any library, or Barns and Nobles, or even online.
Also, I think it’s important to do research on your specific ethnic background yourself, because it makes it more personal to you.
I've been doing some reading on Indigenous people - to be more exact gay and lesbians in Indigenous people - Two Spirit. There was a brief expose' on youtube about a young man that was brutally murdered for being gay. One of the snip-its of dialogue during the expose' was "In another time, he would have been honored." How do you perceive the modern take of Two Spirit People. Again, I hope I stated everything correctly.
Before I answer this, I just want everyone to be aware that whenever I’m asked questions like these, I am not speaking for the “general” Native American / Indigenous community. So my views on subjects may not be the same as other Natives views. I am a Native American, but I’m also just a 22 year old from L.A., and I can only answer for myself, personally.
For those of who who may not know who Two-spirited people are:
A Two-spirited person is a Native Tradition that dates far back into Native culture. Many Native people, (prior to the colonization and contact with European cultures,) believed in the existence of three genders: male, female, and the male-female gender, or what we now call a “Two-Spirited” person.
The term “Two-Spirit” though, is relatively new, and was derived from interpretations of Native languages used to describe people who displayed both characteristics of male and female.
A Two-spirited person was someone who had received a gift (from the Great Spirit or Creator), to house both male and female spirits in their bodies. Being given the gift of two-spirits meant that this individual had the ability to see the world from two perspectives at the same time. So many Two-spirited people held positions as Leaders, Teachers, Spiritual Guides, Mediators, Artists, etc. They were treated with the upmost respect and held important spiritual and ceremonial responsibilities.
However many of these traditions were lost and changed with the colonization from Europe and the European churches’ ideas of what “sexuality should be”.
But now like many other Indigenous rituals and ways of life, there is a strong re-emergence of Two-Spirited people in the Native community. And while some of the elders speak of acceptance of Two-Spirit individuals in the past, the reality is that it is not without controversy.
I have gay family member(s), so I’m a big supporter of the LGBT community in general, and am especially supportive of the Native LGBT community; which is why I’ve posted links to sites like NAN, Inc. on this tumblr.
I, personally, love that today our Two-Spirited community is realizing how unique it is and is starting to reclaim their cultural roots. Native cultures have proved to be resilient and adaptable. As our culture and society evolved so did our warriors.
And I, personally, would like to see a full support and acceptance not only from the Native community for Native and non-Native Two-spirited people, but also from the Non-Native community as well. We all need to realize that Native Americans, whether gay, straight, or transgendered, are all members of a group of people whose way of life has been drastically altered by historical circumstance.
Saw this and it made me think of you/thisblog
"From an oversea's show, spliced to view the message from one elder (Floyd Red Crow Westerman)...how america has come and is destined to go."
Oh my gosh, thank you so much. I’ve actually seen this video before and was planning on eventually posting it on here.
How do Navajo people produce some of the most colorful and expressive art (jewelry, weaving, and paintings) in one of the most extreme climates in the U.S? The intense conditions: high altitude (6,700 ft), draught, unbearable sun in the summer, fierce snow and wind in the winter, the Navajo…