Native American Religion Essay

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Individuals’ understanding of Native American religions changed substantially at the end of World War II. This book’s introductory understanding of Native American religions creates a basic appreciation of different geographical groups and their views of the natural world. Today, a more spiritual appreciation of Native American achievements creates respect for their convictions and their ultimate spirituality for surviving generations after generations.

Authors Denise Lardner Carmody and John Tully Carmody wrote “Native American Religions an Introduction”, as an introductory textbook for undergraduate students as well as non-specialist historians. The authors’ recount of Native American religions span numerous geographical groups. This
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Apart from a few anthropologists and ethnographer, most scholars would have considered native religious ways “primitive.” Only with the advent of more sophisticated understandings of myths, rituals, symbols, and social organization that social scientists have developed since World War II has it become clear that native Americans, like native Africans and Australians, have had a genius equal to that of native Europeans or …show more content…
The authors noted that early Christians found the devastation of such Native Americans acceptable because the tribe’s beliefs were the work of Satan. Their cultural roots, when truly studied help us understand how they survived the primitive lifestyle for centuries. Tribal groups grew and expanded depending on where they lived, how they collected food, what natural foliage was available to them, or lack thereof. Their beliefs in the cycle of life, not only for human life, but for the world’s creation and the potential end of all creation. This is their purpose and motivation. “Appreciation,” then, need not be merely a bland slogan. If it names an intrigue powered by a genuine desire to learn more about the greatest of human tasks, which is to become mature in the face of bedrock realities like death, it can connote a peculiar, telltale excitement.2 The myths which stir our imagination are compelling to all of us. From the southeast woodlands, a “Grandmother” teaches an orphaned boy (dual symbols; mother earth and fertility) the path to which he will “come of age”. Many lessons revealed within this cultural lore instill honor and respect. We see young and old, male and female, advancement into the next generation, sex, food, hunting, life and death. From here, the book looks at Menomini and Cherokee myths. Pawnee belief in the universe, Navaho dwellings and the Haida myth of

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