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Plains Indians – Traditions, Customs, Spirituality TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview Beliefs Values / Mores Rituals Roles Children Men Women Elders Health & the Disabled References
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Overview 1. American Indian life is centered on the four seasons and the natural world. 2. Traditional spirituality is not a ‘religion’ so much as it is an integral seamless part of the very being of Indian society. 3. Native spirituality and beliefs are sacred. To use them in any way other than the way they were intended would be sacrilegious. 4. Learning to live in the traditional ways is not easy. Everything he’s [The Great Spirit has] given you, you have to walk  through, you have to experience it.  You can’t always walk in the  grass, sometimes you have to walk through the sagebrush. Anonymous
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Beliefs Common to Most Plains Tribes There is a Supreme Being, a Creator, a Great Spirit, God. Everything the Great Spirit has created is good. Many lesser spirits wander the earth, some control weather, some interact with humans, some inhabit the underworld. Plants and animals, as well as humans, are part of a spirit world. This spirit world exists side-by-side with the physical world and often intermingles with this physical world. Before you were conceived, before you were born, you had a spirit. When your body dies, your spirit will live on. Take care of Mother Earth, and Mother Earth will take care of you.
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Values of Most Plains Tribes Courage Leadership Duty Love Fortitude Respect Generosity Responsibility Honesty Reverence Honor Wisdom Industry
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Rituals of Most Plains Tribes Naming Ceremony – To give person a name Storytelling / Listening – Method of teaching Vision Quest – Passage from boyhood to manhood Pow-Wow – Place to socialize with other tribes Renewal Celebrations Sun Dance – a replay of creation Sweat Lodge – for spiritual renewal and healing Grand Medicine Lodge – Good place to learn traditions Hunting Ceremonies – to appease spirits of animals killed
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Rituals of Most Plains Tribes Daily Practices Dwellings – oriented with the doorway on the east so a person awakened to the rising sun. The understanding was the Creator was sending daylight, warmth, growth and enlightenment to each person to begin a new day.
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