Topic: Culture

Native American Animals: the Elk, a Protector and Relative

Native American tribes hold the elk, wapiti (Shawnee and Cree) or Heȟáka (Lakota), in high esteem and consider him a relative—a relative who brings strength, endurance, and patience. Tribal Nations ea...

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Native American Animals: Horse (Śúŋkawakȟaŋ) is a Relative to the People

To the Lakóta and Dakóta, the horse is a relative. What does it mean to be a relative? It is more than a connection through blood—it is spiritual. Although history tells us that the modern-day horse a...

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Native connection to Unci Maka–Mother Earth

For Native Americans, every day is Earth Day. Traditionally and culturally, it is the duty of Native Americans to care for Unci Maka (Mother Earth). “We are the land ... that is the fundamental idea e...

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Native American Animals: The Turtle (Kéya) Symbolizes Mother Earth (Uncí Maká)

Turtle–Kéya The turtle is a sacred creature among Native American tribes. Each tribe’s cultural view of the turtle/tortoise, is slightly different; however, the deeper meaning remains the same: the tu...

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The Feather: A symbol of high honor

In Native American culture it is believed that all things possess an inherent virtue, power, and wisdom. The feather, for example, is a powerful symbol that signifies honor and a connection between th...

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The Trauma of Loss: Singing for Grief in “Watch Over Me”

In today's post, Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy, founder of Wonahun Was’te’ Records, shares about grief in Native American communities and how one special song came to life in the wake of a p...

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Music Is Medicine: The Journey and Conception of Wonahun Was’te’ Records

Special thanks to Talon Bazille Ducheneaux/ShootsTheEnemy for sharing his story below.   When I began my journey as a “hip hop artist” I honestly didn’t think it would take me anywhere. I was highly i...

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Purity in Pine Ridge: The Native American Bow and Arrow

Google “Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.” The search results may reveal the following words: broken, failing, suicide, forgotten, and third-world.   However, Native Hope knows that Pine Ridge is so much...

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The Untold Story: Living the Dakota 38 Memorial

The following post was written by Native Hope team member, Alexis Estes, after her experience running in the Dakota 38 Memorial in December 2018. This post is the first of a series of stories that are...

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