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Here are the top ten articles for the Native American Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Native Teen Suicide and Online Social Networks
What is it that makes our precious Native young people believe there is no possibility of help? Whatever it is, our young ones are the most vulnerable to its curse as they have the highest suicide rates. Two points surface regarding suicide among our youth and the influence of social networks.
2. Words from the Spirit
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1840-1904) Natives have experienced first-hand the nearly irrevocable damage that hateful words can cause. There is hope that we can turn this around by joining together and healing our souls.
3. Sacred Tobacco
Native Americans have always used Sacred Tobacco for prayers and giving thanks. We believe that our prayers are carried to the Creator in the smoke of Sacred Tobacco. Modern society has corrupted the sacred purpose of Tobacco. Let us look at how we should be using this sacred plant.
4. Making a Dance Shawl
The energy and joy of dancing in the Circle can’t be adequately described, only experienced. For women and girls, dance shawls are proper attire. As simple or as elaborate as one may desire, the possibilities are endless, but the basics of making one are easy.
DreamCatchers bring us many teachings, from Spider Woman to the Sacred Circle; all are incorporated within its Web. Let us look at the different parts that make up the DreamCatcher, to better understand the various teachings it offers to us all, and the help they can bring to our dreams.
6. Teen Suicide in Indian Country
This topic is one that is extremely difficult to think about and even harder to discuss. Our Native youth commit suicide more than triple the rate of other young Americans, according to federal government figures.
7. VAWA - Republicans Fail the Daughters of the Earth
Native American women suffer some of the highest rates of emotional turmoil and are among the least cared for in this nation. Congressional failure can be seen as the beginning of a spiritual battle for the first American women.
8. Elk Medicine
Our Ancestors realized the wonder and value of nature. They looked to nature as a great teacher. We are taught that nature speaks to us if we listen. The secrets of life are revealed among the behavior of animals, the creativity in flower blossoms, and in the whisperings of the trees.
9. Stone People – The Ancient Ones
One of the main components used in building a Medicine Wheel are Stone People. If you have never worked with their energies before, here are a few tips to help you get started.
10. Michael Spisak - Full Circle Interview
A daring interview with the author of Full Circle. Although the work is historical fiction it validates the fact that historical trauma is a live energy and that recognition of it brings it to the light where it can be healed.
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