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Native American Belief Traditions



Native American belief traditions are incredibly diverse, encompassing the spiritual practices of hundreds of Indigenous tribes and cultures across the North American continent. While some traditions are practiced regionally across many local groups or have broad commonalities with each other, none should be assumed to be universal. Many of these belief traditions and rituals have been romanticized, removed from context, or appropriated by those outside of the Indigenous community looking for a “quick spiritual fix”; it is important to remember that none of us has a right to access any specific tradition or ritual sacred to another person or group, but if access is offered, we should approach it with respect and appreciation for its context.

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Keep Going by Joseph Marshall III

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