Plains Indians – Traditions, Customs, Spirituality. TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview Beliefs Values / Mores Rituals Roles Children Men Women Elders Health & the Disabled References. Overview. American Indian life is centered on the four seasons and the natural world.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Values / Mores
Health & the Disabled
Naming Ceremony – To give person a name
Storytelling / Listening – Method of teaching
Vision Quest – Passage from boyhood to manhood
Pow-Wow – Place to socialize with other tribes
Sun Dance – a replay of creation
Sweat Lodge – for spiritual renewal and healing
Grand Medicine Lodge – Good place to learn traditions
Hunting Ceremonies – to appease spirits of animals killed
Dwellings – oriented with the doorway on the east so a person awakened to the rising sun. The understanding was the Creator was sending daylight, warmth, growth and enlightenment to each person to begin a new day.
Morning Prayers – After awakening, the individual would pray, thanking the Creator for blessings and new opportunities. A confession of responsibility was made to other people. Sacrifices were given.
Sacred Path – Day began with man walking reverently along a sacred path, among all living things on earth and under the supernatural powers dwelling in heaven.