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

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Elders

Native American elders are revered individuals who provide wisdom and leadership for…

Legend of the Origin of Baskets

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

I Am Indian Country

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

I Strengthen My Nation

A new media campaign featuring Hollywood actor Chaske Spencer (who plays Sam…

The Lakota Berenstain Bears

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

Defined by my Ancestors, Not Dead Presidents

Elder Teachings

MMIWG (Murdered Missing Indigenous Women and Girls)

My Culture

We R Quileute

REPRESENT

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

Asema Is Sacred

Family

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

How the Chipmunk Got Its Stripes

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

Miss Indian Nations

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

Natives Helping Natives

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

To the Indigenous Women: A Poem by the 1491s

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

Two Spirit Project (Garni)

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

Hello. At my college there is Native American Burial Ground Hills. I’m simply wondering if it’s considered disrespectful to stand or sit on the hills or relax. I haven’t done it because I’m worried about if it’s distasteful or not.

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