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Are there any people on here with Native American beliefs?

When I say Native American beliefs, I mean Shamanism, Paganism Astral projection etc. I think they are unique because they are the beliefs of my Native American ancestors and I would like to get back into those traditions and roots.
I am from the Apache tribe. I am interested in Shamanism/Animist beliefs. I’m not sure if that is what they believed although my mom said so. I’ll just do a bit of research on it.
Yes, I definetely believe in honoring Mother Earth and nature.

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  1. I am a native American. I was born here.
    Indians, while they are not strictly speaking “Indians” were “native” to this region when it was NOT America.

  2. The Red Road is not an easy one.
    I wish you luck with it. You have to be wary of those who would do bad things to keep you from the good. I knew this man who went into the sweat lodge and was spitting out nails and rope from a curse another person had put on him.
    I think that you have to begin maybe by going to the sundance. There are many native people there. If your desire is a true one, you will find the people you need to find there.

  3. good luck. you aren’t going to find much here. American Indian spiritualitys tend to be on the secretive side, so finding more than very general stuff, takes time and getting to know people.
    I will say though, that at least SOME tribes’s beliefs are profoundly similar to Jewish ones, while being very different in some ways as well.

  4. Just what tribe to you belong to? Because my husband is Lakota/Choctaw and Shamanism, paganism, and Astral projection are SO NOT Native American! Paganism especially is European. Astral projection is new age. I don’t know what tribes have shaman’s but that’s pretty much been distorted also.
    The values of the Lakota culture are Humility, perseverance, respect, honor, love, sacrifice, truth, compassion, bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom. These values are incorporated into every aspect of life. If you want to get back to traditions, look into these.

  5. Yes … yes … and yes …
    I honor mother earth at all times … Remember “Native American” beliefs predate native Americans …
    However I honor them for holding onto those beautiful traditions longer then most religions in the world ..
    Peace be with you on your path and journey

  6. If you consider things like shamanism and astral projection as being traditional Native American practices, you couldn’t be any further from what most NA people believe if you tried. Both of those are imports from other religions, and they bear only a superficial resemblance to the actual practices and beliefs of cultures such as the Navajo and the Lakota.
    And there are wide variations in the religious beliefs of different Native American cultures. Most NA religions involve respect for the Creator and creation, but that’s about the only thing that they have in common. with each other. For example, a Cherokee healing ceremony is very different from a Lakota sweat lodge or a Navajo blessing way.
    I can appreciate your interest in the religious beliefs of your ancestors, but I do want to caution you about the New Agers who have appropriated or just plain stolen elements of NA religious beliefs and are now peddling their trash for high prices. I can’t think of a single reputable NA healer or teacher who would charge even a penny for their help, and that’s how it should be.
    Genuine teachers and healers know that they are here to pray and to help — not get rich by promising to make you an instant ‘medicine man’ and charge you several thousand dollars for the ‘privilege.’ If money is expected to change hands for the knowlege you’re going to receive, don’t walk. . .run to the nearest exist.

  7. If you think those are the beliefs of your supposed Native Ancestors, someone has told you a big fib….Shamanism has nothing to do with traditional Native Spirituality, NOTHING!!!
    I suggest ignoring and avoiding information about American Indian spirituality presented by anyone:
    Claiming to be American Indian shamans , talking about tarot cards and Wiccan/pagan things, or talking about crystals and New Age things. I’ve got nothing against shamanism, paganism, or the New Age, but a cow is not a horse: none of these things are traditionally Native American. Shamanism is a Russian mystic tradition, Wicca is a religion based in pre-Christian European traditions, Tarot readings are an Indo-European divination method, and the New Age is a syncretic belief system invented, as its name suggests, in the modern era. None of them have anything to do with authentic Indian traditions, and anyone who thinks they do is likely to be wrong about anything else he claims about Native American religions as well. Wiccans and New Agers don’t have any more knowledge about actual American Indian beliefs than you do.

  8. If you want to get back to your traditional roots, you sure as hell won’t need to research to know anything about shamansim or paganism. Those aren’t native american beliefs at all, just cheap copies for the fakes.
    The Apache have their own unique and traditional religion, and I’m pretty sure they won’t share it with an outsider, which you most obviously are.
    And I’m wondering wtf the “wild yam” clan of the cherokee is to that one person up there? I’m half cherokee, and we don’t have a wild yam clan, so I think you’re confused.

  9. Absolutely. My spiritual foundation has a lot to do with the early research I did into my (admittedly watered-down) indigenous American roots. I think this also helped fuel my interest in Anthropology.
    One of my goals as the new ECS committee chair is for us to enjoy an event each year that celebrates the beautiful Native American traditions that are the heartbeat of this land.
    Although my heritage is Cherokee, not Lakota, I am quite fond of the phrase and concept behind, “Mi Taku Oyasin.” All my relations. I believe this is the original cry of the spiritual environmentalist. I am a part of this Earth, not separate from it; I live in it, I do not float upon it. All that I see is my Earthly family. What I do to my mother I do to myself.

  10. To start, I am not (as far as I know) descended from any of the First Peoples of these lands. However, I have found that many of my beliefs and ideals are most closely mirrored in the beliefs and traditions of indigenous cultures.
    As far as Shamanism, Paganism and Astral projection, no culture has a monopoly on those. (IMHO) You’ll find them in every culture under various names with slightly different descriptions. For example, a vision quest could be described as astral projection by someone who doesn’t fully understand the subtle differences between the two.

  11. Keep Searching If You Really want it you will find it just not how you would picture it in the mind. Just go back to the roots!! where your from or where your ancestors may be from..start there…then just begin speaking to people but not to forward…You will learn what you need to know….when the time is right…There is no Shaman’s or medicine men! it’s just a label….We are all equal not less or more….just certain people have the gift….Its a gift or a curse Depending how you look at it….As far as what Tribe im from…..it’s Itazipco/Oohenumpa/hunkpapa/oglala/mnicoujou….its all mixed but its best to say Teton….I hope this helps you…………………

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