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Can you tell me more about the spider woman legend?

There are many stories about spider woman or grandmother spider. The Navajo believe the Spider Woman (Na’ashjé’íí Asdzáá) is the constant helper and protector of humans. Spider Woman is also said to cast her web like a net to capture and eat misbehaving children. The Ojibwe people (Chippewa) of southern Canada and northern US speak of Spider Woman, known as…

Hello Auntie, call me E. I am a convert to Judaism, but have become fascinated by native cultures and beliefs. My question is if and when a native "prays" to something other than the creator, does that constitute an act of worship? Thank you.

Hello E. This is an interesting question and the answer is based on what your individual understanding of what “worship” means. Worship can be defined as a show reverence and adoration for (a deity); or honor with religious rites. For many American Indian people our connection with the Creator, spirits, nature or other practices can be considered a practice of…

Why would the spirits of Native Americans visit me every night as a child? Every night before my parents moved us they came from my closet and would surround my bed and touch my ears or my mouth. They looked as real to me as my parents. Why???

Wow, how cool! Well, I can’t speak to your experience, only you can do this. What I can say, is that as Indigenous people, we believe that all things both inanimate and alive hold a life force or energy, especially the land we occupy. It is said that when we are younger, we are more tapped ‘in’ and if we…

Who wrote the “Ojibwa dream catcher legend” on wernative.org?

Hi there and thanks for the question! This particular description came from a high school sexual health curriculum called Native STAND. Within this curriculum there is an activity that was built around this description to foster trust and cooperation and promote a sense of belonging and team spirit among youth groups. We know that the dreamcatcher is used by many…

I found a rectangular white stone in southern lake Huron with 4 brown horizontal lines ground into it. I was told it was a native American artifact. Do you know what this is and the meaning behind it?

Oh, how interesting. If you could get more information from the person who told you it was a Native American artifact you could start an internet search to start narrowing things down, as there are a few tribes that surround the Great Lakes. You might also try to take a picture of it and do a reverse google image search.…
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