What Makes a Mountain, Hill or Prairie a 'Sacred' Place for Native Americans

WEB RESOURCE This overview of sacred places and concepts of sacredness among native peoples is a good place to begin learning about native American perspectives on what is sacred. One take away is the recentness of the suppression of the religious ideas, practices, and place of native peoples in the United States. The major example used in the article is the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Native American Rituals and Ceremonies

WEB RESOURCE This site provides an important concept about Native beliefs and practices in America. "Ceremony and rituals have long played a vital and essential role in Native American culture. Often referred to as 'religion,' most Native Americans did not consider their spirituality, ceremonies, and rituals as 'religion,' in the way that Christians do. Rather, their beliefs and practices form a integral and seamless part of their very being." The focus is mythology, rituals and ceremonies, dances, and specific traditions.

Native American Spirituality

WEB RESOURCE This rich web source has materials and descriptions of elements of Native American spirituality. It includes discussions of: Creation Stories; Deities and Spirits; Vision Quests and Spiritual Journeys;The Medicine Man and Shamanism; and Reverence for the Ancestors. The last section about the "Dangers of Cultural Appropriation" is becoming a larger and larger problem.

Native America - Sacred Stories

WEB VIDEO Explore the cultural sacred stories featured in the PBS series 'Native America' through animation. These short animated videos include Sacred Stories: Hopi Creation Story; Haudenosaunee's Legendary Founding; A Gift of Corn to the Choctow; The Comanche and the Horse; The Teotihuacan Fire Ceremony; and Inca Origins

Native American Netroots: Religion

WEB RESOURCE This history site has a set if short articles about Native American sacred sites, ceremonies, prophets, religious practices, etc.