There were 500 Indian tribes – and as many as were separate peoples, cultures and beliefs. Overall, the Indians are animists: believe that everything is alive, and you could for example. Propitiate the spirit of water and stone. Some religions have been very powerful, worshiped several elements of nature (like sun or water) over which supervised god called very differently: the Grand Old Man, Mystery on the Mountain, the Great Spirit, the Great Mystery.
A special, important and protected value in Indian culture was the family. Therefore, the birth of a child was an important moment. Wizened and severed the umbilical cord was placed inside the container leather, sewn in the shape of turtle or lizard. This amulet was intended to ensure child health and long life and a cause that was not too curious.
For the Indians of the Great Plains, there were no totem poles. Symbols sedentary Indians from the coast. Residents Plains nomads, all their possessions had to be easy to transport.
In our the Indian Village will not be able to meet the shaman. Not because it was the typical “wizard”. Shamans were either “men of knowledge” – healing, healers, or “people power” – visionaries. They experienced vision, bringing to them a few days of fasting, prayers, scuba lack of sleep. They did not use any hallucinogens !!! Received in his visions songs, knowledge about herbs, treatment, amulets.
Snorkel in the culture of Indian Lakota is associated with centuries-old tradition. It is called “the sacred pipe.” It is unquestionably the most important subject material in Indian spiritual culture. How crucifix in Christian culture. Smoke from the pipe rises to the sky and takes Creator prayer. Pipe and smoke it is an intermediary between man and god. Pipe can ignite at any place and time, the best moment is, however, morning, sunrise, she asks for blessings for the day. (See also: HABITS: Smoking pipes)