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Who is a Shaman?

Religious specialists date to the beginnings of religion. Mediums, shaman, priests, prophets, and diviners have helped, controlled, and advanced religion for thousands of years.

The shaman is the traditional healer. From the Tungus word shaman, or haman, he moves through the world of spirit curing, divining, and chasing ghosts. He communicates directly with souls “on the […]

Amazing Rock Art Video

Some amazing Utah petroglyph rock art. While we can’t decipher this stuff, you can certainly get a sense of it. The Sedona area has several rock art sites nearby. Enjoy!

Casino or No Casino: The Pros and Cons of Indian Gaming

The people of the Yavapai-Apache Nation live on a divided reservation in and around Camp Verde, AZ. Parts of the reservation are in Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Rim Rock, and Middle Verde, AZ. As of the 2000 census, there were 743 members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, with the majority living in the two Camp Verde areas. […]

Southwestern Native American Culture, a Brief History

Cultures throughout the world vary from society to society. What may be acceptable in one culture may be insulting in another. People in a particular society learn the local culture, and it is passed on from generation to generation. It gives one a model of the world and rules for interaction, not only with the […]

Review of “The New Indian”, a National Geographic Documentary

Civilizations over the millennia have grown and declined. From the earliest roots in Mesopotamia to the rise of the Mayans and the Incans, states and cultures have flourished and dissolved. Life in the North American southwest is no different. Though different paths have reached the same end, it is important to note that they are […]

The Apacheans

From the Mackenzie Basin, home of Lake Athabasca, came the Apacheans. Leaving their homeland sometime prior to 1400, these people traveled a crescent shaped trail of thousands of miles. They first headed southeast, moved through present-day western Canada, crossed the northern Rockies and then followed the eastern edge of the American Rocky Mountains southward. Some […]

Characteristics of a Leader: U.S. vs the Apache

While research in the field of political science has identified a list of ideal characteristics for a leader, it is questionable that such a person has ever led this country. On the contrary, it is almost certain that persons possessing the ideal Apache characteristics have led their people. Great leaders of a people share various […]

Beyond “America”. The Evolution of Native Bands into a True Native American Nation.

We, as 21st century “Americans”, thrive on making distinctions. We want to dissect our nation into separate slices of culture, religion, and race. We note the difference between the culture of African-Americans who have been here for generations and that of white Anglo-Americans who have been here for generations. So do the African-Americans. We want […]

Food for thought: “American” afterlife beliefs vs traditional Mojave

A brief cultural comparison of traditional Mojave beliefs of the afterlife versus modern day American societal beliefs.

Shaman of the Pima and Papago

The shaman of the Pima and Papago served multiple roles for his people. He was the diagnostician, public séance master, and magician. He worked in the realms of the lower, middle, and upper worlds. These worlds may be associated with the modern-day psychological worlds of the sub-conscious, conscious, and super-conscious. He was able to traverse […]