LONG HAIR IN NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION

Yes this is my hair 🙂

The way people wear their hair is an alignment of their thinking; the braids (unity of thought), the hair tied back (safety of thought) and the color (conviction of thought). The appearance of the hair is of great importance, as each style represents a different state of mind. Hair is widely regarded as an extension of one’s thoughts.

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TRADITIONAL HERBAL WISDOM AND MODERN APPLICATIONS

In the traditional native healing arts I was trained in, we were taught how to communicate, harvest and prepare medicinal plants. We then had to find the 7 plants which would be the base of our healing practice. This is a specific way the traditional Anidagohah Clan Cherokee healers use in their practice. By communing and communicating directly with the plants, these healers develop a personal relationship with 7 plants that will be used throughout their lives in caring and healing for their people.

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THE EARTH WILL BE RENEWED – REJOICE!

From the beginning of times, as Man evolved in his relationship with the earth, there have been important moments at precise times every year when communities would assemble and pray. They would give thanks for the abundance of nature and perform the native ceremonies and rituals that reaffirmed Men’s unity with creation and the agreements with the spirits of the elements, plant and animal worlds that allowed for harmonious living on earth. Through these celebrations and spiritual assemblies we remained in harmony with the world we used to live in.

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THE WILD TURKEY – totem animal


Here is another animal associated with the South. Certain nations even call it the eagle of the South.

The gobbler as it’s also called because of its typical throaty sound, represents the most spiritual and important medicine for all First Nations, that of generosity and sharing. We even have special ceremonies for gifting others called the giveaway or the potlatch.

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