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What is the nature-culture connection of a Native American sweat lodge? This is for a research paper.?


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I am writing an ethnographic research paper and I am having trouble finding people locally. Any serious help is welcome!
I am writing an Ethnographic Research Paper for college. The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate the interrelatedness of nature and culture. Step one is to find out what those are. Step two is to research whether the cultural dimension corresponds with or is contrary to the natural dimension. I must select at least two persons as my ethnographic partners. These cannot be family members! Allow them to tell their stories to find out if and how they see the nature-culture connection. How and what do they value in nature and culture? What does “sustainable” mean to them?

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what would you like to know?
are we different? the sweat lodge is a THING not EVER spoken of... its ONE of our sacred rituals of our seven fires of the Sioux nation. Shawnee way was with eastern sage in the lodge.. did you by any chance happen upon "Clearcut"? thats the Northern Cousins of our rites...
why DO YOU want to know?
doe know if I can help.. but where are YOU EXACTLY?you dinna say... so there are no real Native Americans EAST of the Mississippi river. Only Transplants..for real!

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prairie fire < there are no REAL Native Americans east of the Mississippi? Really? I think you are a misguided young man.
OP Ceremonies do vary from tribe to tribe, so you really have to specify which tribe or region you are doing your paper on.
For the Ojibwe Tribe (commonly called Chippewa) there is a great reference book called the The Mishomis Book, by Eddie Benton-Benai. It has a chapter about the Sweat Lodge, not long only 5 pages, but it has a lot of very good information in it. Good luck with your paper.

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A nature-culture connection is expressed in the Native American languages.
Although there are many diverse peoples they all share a common belief that "all life forms are created equal" and that “we are all related.”
This belief is demonstrated in most Native American languages. The languages are commonly based on animate and inanimate ways of thinking and speaking.
In others words, all creation is either alive or not alive. Everything has a spirit (animate) or no spirit (inanimate) but each has a purpose, a gift that contributes to the well being of the living community.
The concept that “we are all related” is also expressed in the language. Most things in nature are referred to as a “relative” such as, grandfather, grandmother, mother and brothers. Since everything is one’s relative they are due the utmost respect.
The nature-culture conection permeates all of Native American beliefs. The depth is just too vast to try to explain here.

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