World Religions (Modified): Aboriginal Spirituality Basic
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Elders are old people. Elders and shamans are important because they pass on tradition, they help with understanding and they give opinions.
The smoke of one or more of the four medicines. The medicines are plants. The plants used for medicine are sweetgrass, cedar, sage and tobacco.
A totem is a symbol representing an animal or plant that is a symbol (emblem) for a group of people.
Medicine wheel is an important symbol in Aboriginal culture. People believe it keeps them safe from illness.It has a circle which represents the cycle of life.
The dreamcatcher is a round hoop with a net, like a spider web. The dreamcatcher is decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads.
A special lodge (house) built with 4 - 8 poles, used by the shaman in Ojibway ritual.
Monotheism means the belief in only one god.
The Plains Indians use a sweat lodge. It is like a tent. It gets very hot and people sweat. People believe it makes them clean. Sweat lodge is a ritual.
In the pipe ceremony, people share a pipe with tobacco (smoke). It helps people remember they are the same, like sisters and brothers. It helps them come together.
The eagle feather symbolizes strength.
A medicine pouch is a small bag. You can put important things inside and keep them safe (personal valuables).
The vision quest is a rite of passage to adulthood. A rite of passage is something that helps a teenager become and adult. The teenager goes out of her community.into nature. She is alone (solitude). She does not eat food(fasts). She prays. She sees a vision of an animal spirit. The animal spirit teaches her. She goes back to her community.
The Morning Dance is called Wabeno. The Ojibway people dance in the spring. They dance in Ontario. The Male leader plays drums. They dance near a tree. When the dance is finished, they eat meat and fish for lunch.
The People of the Great Plains nations dance the Sun dance. They dance in summer for 8-16 days. They embed sharp hooks deep in their chests. The hooks are tied with leather to a pole. When they dance, they tear their skin. It is painful. The pain is a sacrifice to The Creator. The Sun dance is a Creation dance.
National Aboriginal Day
National Aboriginal Day is celebrated on June 21st.
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