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Sweat Lodge 

Saunas and places to sweat for health reasons and are halal. They exist in Muslim societies. Native cultures have such places and sweat lodges are example of that.

A frame is made from branches over the ground with a pit in the middle. The frame is covered to make... read more

 

Pow-wow Entertainment 

In our time Turtle Island Native Nations have pow-wows where different Nations meet bringing their diverse folklore. In brief a people in one area to dance, sing, socialize, and meet. Pow-wows can vary in length from a single session.... read more

 

Jingle Dress Origin 

Red Lake Ogichidaa from Miinawaa Language Society Message #7318

There are also the Ogichidaa ikwe(warrior women) and ogichidaa ikwe also has a few differnet meanings. In Whitefish Bay, Hogitch Chi Tah Qwa (a variant of ogichidaa ikwe) means "spirit women" and is associated with jingle ress dancers from the Whitefish Bay/Treaty Three area. Whitefish Bay is where the jingle dress originated. More specifically... read more

 

 

 

Paints 

Mintaka Kwe from the Miinawaa Language Society Message # 7075

Instead of buying makeup one may use the following roots for paints for pow-wows:

Blood root, (Sanguinaria officinalis)

gives... read more

 

 

Smudging 

Smudging is putting smoke over one's face and body. In Arab and African countries people smudge. It is also a custom with indigenous people from various lands including Turtle Island. Smudging is used in particular in places where water is scarce or... read more

 

Baking Fry Bread 

To bake fry bread flour is combined with baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Warm water is added in small amounts and knead dough until it's soft but not sticky. Sometimes more flour or water is be needed. The bowl is covered and let to stand for about 15 minutes. The large egg sized ball of dough is pulled off and rolled out into a round piece about 1/4" thick. A hole is punched in the center of each round piercing several times with a fork to... read more

 

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Sinew and Imitation Sinew   

Kevin Torres: I have a question to those of you who have made breastplates.

Answer: I have made a couple of breastplates and I've compared notes with a lot of people at pow-wows. The original material used to string the hairpipes and beads was sinew, and that's what I use. I buy it at pow-wows or from Tandy Leather. It seems most people I meet also tend to... read more

 

 

Representational and Non Representational Art   

The two may mix and the lines may not be strictly drawn, because even when doing an abstract nonrepresentational image the image is based on something real imagined by the artist. Similarly an artist does representational art includes abstract images representing the real images portrayed... read more

 

 

     
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