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Religions and Ceremonies

  • Ghost Dance: Topic Page
    American Indian religious revivalist movement that spread through the Plains Indians and other ethnic groups in the 1890s. MORE

  • Holidays Observed By Indigenous American People
    From Religious Holidays and Calendars
    Although many groups of American Indians honor different holidays and follow different seasonal cycles, the holidays listed are combined in one chronological list so that common themes may be more easily identified. MORE
  • Mythology: Topic Page
    Studies of the myths of North and South American natives, Australian aborigines, the peoples of S Africa, and others have revealed how widespread are many mythological elements and motifs. MORE
  • Peyotism
    From The New Encyclopedia of the American West
    Peyotism has since the late nineteenth century become the foundation of a religion that is playing a large role in the modern resurgence of Indian cultural awareness. The peyote religion is a blend of Christian and native spiritual precepts. MORE
  • Potlatch: Topic Page
    Ceremonial feast of the natives of the NW coast of North America, entailing the public distribution of property. MORE


  • Overview of Native American Languages
    From The Columbia Encyclopedia
    The classification "Native American languages" is geographical rather than linguistic, since those languages do not belong to a single linguistic family, or stock, as the Indo-European or Afroasiatic languages do. MORE
  • Algonquian

    From Dictionary of Languages
    The Algonquian or Algonkian group includes several languages with some thousands of remaining speakers: Cree, Ojibwa, Blackfoot , Cheyenne, Micmac and Montagnais. MORE
  • Athabaskan: Topic Page
    Language, one of the largest families of American Indian languages. MORE
  • Yuman: Topic Page
    Member of an American Indian people living in the lower Colorado River valley by the mid-16th century. They gave their name to the Yuman branch of the Hokan linguistic family, a group of American Indian languages of California and western Mexico also spoken by the Maricopa and Mojave. MORE

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