Essay about Native Americans and Human Identity

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1. Human Identity
(Who are we as human beings? What are basic problems facing humanity)

Well story of where humans came from is quite plentiful when it comes to native Americans so out of so many to choose from I choose the Inuit creation story. Where the Indians believed that the earth was created by the mystical being called the raven. He was described as a man with a Ravens beak. One day he Raven dragged up the earth from the water. Then he speared the ground in it and that kept it in place. The first plot he pulled up from the ground was small and there was a family in a house there. Living in the house a man, his wife and their son.
One day the boy saw a sac hanging in his parent’s bed. He asked for it time after time until he
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The Native Americans are polytheistic and views the world from a more natural side viewing things in cycles of life and believes that all of animals and plants have spirits. I guess for worshipping and revering the Great Spirit I Found a statement on http://home.earthlink.net/~tessia/Native.html from the Chief Luther – Standing bear who describes the Great Spirit.
“The Indian loved to worship. From birth to death, he revered his surroundings. He considered himself born in the luxurious lap of Mother Earth, and no place was to him humble. There was nothing between him and the Big Holy (Wakan Tanka). The contact was immediate and personal, and the blessings of Wakan Tanka flowed over the Indian like rain showered from the sky. Wakan Tanka was not aloof, apart, and ever seeking to quell evil forces. He did not punish the animals and the birds, and likewise, he did not punish man. He was not a punishing god. For there was never a question as to the supremacy of an evil power over and above the power of Good. There was but one ruling power, and that was good.”
-Chief Luther Standing Bear. That passage gave me much insight on what they believe in and I compared it to my beliefs.

In Native American culture death was feared and unavoidable like a disease. The Cherokee Indians believed in a place called the afterworld also called the night world. Where ghosts or spirits of the dead wanted to go after they died but to be able to journey to the night world

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