Traditions

Traditional Stories & Teachings

A tradition is a ritual, belief or object that is passed down within a culture, still maintained in the present but with origins in the past. Many traditions and traditional stories have been passed down to us over the generations. Learn about some of them here.

Traditional Stories and Teachings

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Our Stories Connect Us to Place and People

Indigenous people have always been some of the best storytellers, and recently...

Who is Deer Woman from Reservation Dogs?

In “Come and Get Your Love” (Season 1, Episode 5) of the...

#Indigilove Recap Video

Indigenous Star Stories

When you look up at the night’s sky, what do you see?...

Indigenizing Movement and Mental Health

Movement is medicine – for our mind, body, and spirit. For our...

Defined by my Ancestors, Not Dead Presidents

History Through a Native Lens

Timeline Overview This timeline of historically traumatic events was authored by Karina...

A Native Candidate’s Story

When Barbara Vicknair (enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...

Elder Teachings

Bad Indians: A Poem By Ryan Red Corn

I was told by those old ones that every song has a...

Indigenous Story Studio

Indigenous Story Studio creates illustrations, posters, video and comic books on health...

MMIWG (Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls)

I Am Indian Country

Respect, honesty, love, bravery, humility, truth and wisdom are our cultural values....

I Strengthen My Nation

A media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who played Sam Uley...

My Culture

We R Quileute

The Lakota Berenstain Bears

The first ever Native American language cartoon series celebrated its one year...

Legend of the Origin of Baskets

Long ago, there was a young woman whom we would call in...

REPRESENT

Kayla Gebeck, Red Lake Ojibwe, studies linguistics and Native American Studies at...

Man in the Maze

“The maze is a symbol of life … happiness, sadness … and...

Seven Grandfathers

Once there was a child. Though she was very young, the patriarchs...

Asema Is Sacred

Smudging

Have you ever been at a powwow or a ceremonial gathering and...

Story of Rock

In the beginning, the Creator was lonely and decided to create the...

Family

Shante’s grandma has been there for her through thick and thin. She...

Story of the Seasons

Long, long ago there were many kinds of Seasons. They were very...

Teaching Quotes From Our Elders

We Indians live in a world of symbols and images where the...

How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes

  A traditional Tulalip story of how the chipmunk got its stripes....

The Three Sisters

An Iroquois legend tells of three sisters who sprouted from the body...

The Woman Who Loved a Serpent Who Lived in a Lake

There was a very beautiful woman. She turned the heads of all...

Miss Indian Nations

A short conversation with Shanoa Pinkham (Yakama), 2011 Miss Indian Nations.

Beadwork

“Native American beadwork is an art form created by indigenous peoples. There...

Tolowim Woman & Butterfly Man

A Tolowim woman went out to gather food. She took her child...

Natives Helping Natives

A Public Service Announcement filmed by youth participants at the NativeSTAND conference...

Beadwork: Tips and Supplies

Here is a link to a website that offers diagrams on how...

Values

The seven grandfather teachings passed down by our elders have given us...

To the Indigenous Women: A Poem by the 1491s

Raise Awareness and Help End the Epidemic of Violence against Native Women...

Coyote And The Mallard Duck

As Coyote was traveling up the river when he saw five mallard...

Coyote Dances With A Star

Because the Great Mystery Power had given Coyote much of his medicine,...

Two Spirit Project (Garni)

Garni (Blackfoot Nation) talks about coming out as a lesbian and her...

Coyote’s Carelessness

Coyote was going along and he came to a river where five...

Creation Story – Warm Springs

Long ago, long before the coming of the great flood, the Cocoon...

I want to enroll and find out more about my tribe. I know my grandfather was Lipan Apache and several of my relatives are enrolled, but how do I as an individual gather evidence to prove how I am related to my ancestors?

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