Introduction This essay is about Native American Indian cultures .specifically the Haida tribe and will discuss the impact stone carving had on their life and culture. This essay contains information about their religious beliefs i.e. Ceremonies, their cultural and social values around stones and stone carving and the physical and geographical influences for their stone art. Who were the Native American Indians? Native Americans are made up of various tribes ,but the Canadian Indians became known as the first nation.
People would wear decorative clothes during religious celebrations. Important dances include the Round dance, the Father dance, and the Sun dance. The Round dance was performed when food was plentiful or as a mourning ritual, the Father dance was performed when paying tribute to “the creator”, and the Sun dance was performed after a buffalo hunt, and was a way to express “tribal unity and spirituality”(Crum, 1994). The Shoshone had two religions- one based on personal success and one based on the good of the tribe. The belief based on personal success was about the “acquisition of success and survival through supernatural spirits”(Madsen, 1985).
His musical accompaniment varies by region and socio-cultural stratum. It is usually often performed by large groups of people even though it is a dance of two. The dance begins as many pairings dancing about and eventually the dancers will form a large circle with one couple in the middle. There are several formations that the dancers will go in and out of throughout the dance such as an arch for couples to pass through or an enclosed circle. The steps are very fast and intricate stamping movements.
To dance is to be knowledgeable about the stories of the ancestral heroes. Dancing, unlike painting and singing, is learnt at an early age. This allows large groups of people to demonstrate their clan rights in front of an audience. Dance is also seen as an occasion to entertain and to be entertained and through the work of dance to show their love for families and kin. It is for this reason that dance may be performed at the end of every day in some communities.
Hula dancing, a Polynesian dance that in traditional form dramatizes a song specifically through arm movements and hand gestures, has expanded beyond Hawaiian shores and has introduced island movements to the world. Since the early 1970’s traditional Hula dancing has provided islander communities with the ability to tie together body movements with homeland recollections and personal experiences. Originally, Hula was seen as a ritual and cultural dance which was developed by polynesians who settled in the islands of Hawaii. “Through hula dances and songs, memories of people and events endure long after they have passed” (Stillman 2001). As time passes Hula dancing has had a dramatic impact on Western cultures and as a result Hula dancing has
Stomp dancing was an important tradition to the Chickasaw. They were often performed at the Green Corn Ceremony. During these dances, the Chickasaw would often dance in a circle around a fire. They believed the smoke from the fire would lift their prayers up the the creator, Aba Binni’li’. Stomp dancers moved counterclockwise with their hearts closest to the fire.
It is a type of dance that mostly dance by stomping and bending knees, so I think that it is a happy mood dance. That is what that man is feeling at that time. The similarities of the content is both of them are doing what we call freedom. The thing that show themselves. The thing that people think it is weird.
This dance is unique and unlike traditional dances as it involves a tall pole with a rotating platform. Four dancers attach themselves to it and then jump off the platform. During their fall, they rotate around the pole in representation of the rotation of the stars around the celestial axis. Furthermore, the dancers traditionally each make thirteen full revolutions around this symbolic axis to represent the Aztec time cycle.
Native American Ceremonies’ When I was ten years old I learned of my Indian culture. I learned I was of the Cherokee tribe. My dad had always hung Indian decorations in our home, but I have never given much thought of why he has done so. This peaked my interest, so I started asking questions. He told me we were part Cherokee and part Choctaw native American.
The Shoshone was a Native American tribe in the western Great Basin in the United States. This tribe was spread into the north and east Idaho and Wyoming. The Shoshone religion was Shoshone rituals. Their population was approximately 8000 members at first, but their population began to increase about 20,000 members. There were three classes in Shoshone tribe, which were the chief and shaman, trading partners, and the servants.
The Shoshone were nomadic hunter-gatherers who hunted many different animals and gathered many different foods. They had their own way of cooking the animals they caught, the food they gathered, and of building their shelters . The Shoshone wore different clothing depending on weather and the season to protect them from the elements. Different parts of the tribe hunted different animals and gathered different foods. They even lived different lifestyles.
Another substantial part of the Bannock tribe are it traditions. One of their oldest traditions that is still practiced today is the relay races. “The Indian Relay teams consist of three horses and four team members (1 rider, 1 catcher (Mugger), and 2 holders)” (Fort Hall Relay Races). “The rider must complete a lap with each horse riding bareback” (Fort Hall Relay Races).
The dancers were observed to be full of energy which showed through their movements and dancing. Every movement was sharp and clean. Furthermore, the action portion of the basic dance elements was seen through the dancer’s basic movements that turned into dancing. For example, in one scene, the actor jumped off the table and broke into a little skip-glide dancing movement.