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Native American Culture

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Krista Baker

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Native American Culture

Native American Culture
Health Concepts
Native Americans believed that health is harmony between man and nature.
Cause of Illness
Parts of body healed:
-heart disease
-skin inflammation
Traditional Healers
Healing is through a ritual which can include: exorcisms, paintings (body), chanting, dancing, singing along with herbs in tea.
Healing is typically a slow process (can last hours to weeks). Influences come from animals, environment and nature in general as well as other cultures such as the Chinese and ancient Ayurivedic.
An example of a remedy for pain was to use bark from a willow tree, which has acetylsalicylic acid, known as aspirin.
In Native American culture, cause of illness relates to negativity, spiritual problems, violation of a taboo, and balance. These illness can be treated mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Is a balance between body, mind, and spirit.
Spirituality powers control body's harmony.
-Everything is sacred to the natives, from the largest mountain, to smallest plant.
-They believe there is a purpose for everything.
-The elders hold the answer, and keep the cultural alive.
-Honor, Love, and Respect.
"Native American isn't blood; it is what is in the heart. The love for the land, the respect for it. Those who inhabit it; and the respect and acknowledge of the spirits and the elders. That is what it is to be an Indian." -Navajo Medicine Man

Response to pain
The natives are tolerant of pain, it shows strength
-Healing practices are limited and revolve around nature
-Botanical substances
- Bark from willow tree is known to reduce pain form
-Cleansing the body- Special teas
-smudging, they would burn a sacred plant to cleanse a place or person, usually sage. The smoke from the sage would cleanse whatever needed to be cleansed.
Methods of Treatments
Native Americans healing incorporates mind and body techniques to treat almost any condition whether it is psychological or physical.
Illnesses are not rooted in affected area, but are cause by spiritual imbalances which can be corrected by herbs, meditation and rituals.
Native Americans healing also focuses on detoxification methods, such as sitting in sweat houses and fasting to remove impurities from the body.
Other Health Care Considerations:
Many individuals do not realize the impact that cultural competence has on the outcomes of interactions or services they provide.
Many tribes acknowledge individual tribal members as healers and/or spiritual leaders.
Native Americans
Perhaps no other group of people has quite the rich and storied culture as those of the Native Americans. They have a history rich in struggle, strife, and triumph. Also there culture is known and to be carried out throughout the land from over a period of time and within tribes. Cultural aspects include:
Here is a video on the Native American History and Culture from early years to current:
- Native American bows and arrows, spears, and war clubs.
(primary)- Squash, Corn, and Beans, Fish and Animal Meat.
- derides from animal skin
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