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Resurrecting Traditional Practices

There has been a renewed interest in traditional Indian spiritual practices by Native and other Americans alike.

 

Shortly after Europeans arrived in North America, they began a concerted effort to stamp out Native American culture. There were exceptions, of course, but as European settlements pushed up against native ones, it was the natives who were forced to give way. Traditional ceremonies such as the Sun Dance, practiced by many Plains tribes, and the Potlatch, practiced by tribes in the Pacific Northwest, were banned in the late 1800s. Indians who continued to practice these banned rituals were...


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