Religious Native American Artifacts

The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase and explain some Native American religious aspects. Native Americans are widely known as some of the most spiritual people in the history of the world. Ceremony and rituals have played a vital and essential role in Native American culture. Most people today, especially Christians, refer to this as religion. However, most Native Americans did not consider their ceremonies and rituals to be religion in the way Christians do. Native American beliefs and practices stemmed from their methods of acquiring food (both hunting and agriculture). Native Americans also embraced ceremonies and rituals in order to gain power to overcome the difficulties of life, as well as events and milestones, such as puberty, marriage, and death. Native American practices, ceremonies, and rituals have all changed over time, similar to religious practices.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marshall McArthur

Oklahoma | Southern Arapaho ...
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Sioux | South Dakota | Ghost...
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Southern Plains | Native Ame...
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Plains | religious objects |...
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Plateau | basket | Woven
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Plains | ceremonial club | w...
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Plains | hand drum | tanned ...
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Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexi...
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Southwest | Mojave | pottery...
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Mary Snider | Southern Calif...
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