Guardian of Yosemite For many nights and many days, the guardian spirit of Tisayac watched over the beautiful valley of Yosemite. Often, the gentle spirit would drift invisibly among the good folk of the valley, and it was during one of these visits that she noticed a tall, proud man named Tutokanula. He was a strong leader who greatly enhanced the lot of his people, and Tisayac came more often to the valley so that she could watch him. Heron and the Hummingbird Heron and Hummingbird were very good friends, even though one was tall and gangly and awkward and one was small and sleek and fast. They both loved to eat fish.
Native American jewelry
Native American cradleboards - Traditional Native Healing
As settlers and soldiers moved west they brought quilts with them. Native Americans were fascinated with these new bedcoverings. Quilting was also introduced to Native Americans by missionaries who sought to "civilize" the natives by teaching them traditional European homemaking skills. Native American quilters soon found creative ways to incorporate their own cultural designs into their quilts.
Native American dance
On their arrival in the Western Hemisphere in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, explorers from the Iberian kingdoms of Portugal and Castile Spain encountered peoples—even entire empires—previously unknown to Europeans. A few of the Europeans wrote about the music and dance… General characteristics Among the essential factors in an overall picture of Native American dance are the diverse types of dance, the organization of the dances in terms of participation, and the relations of human and deity expressed in the dances. In addition, a variety of other stylistic considerations are relevant, as are the foreign influences that have been absorbed. Extent of dance forms Many themes, typically the celebrations of life transitions, developed in the Americas during millennia of residence, migration, and exchange.
Women played a very important role in the life of the Native American. They were builders, warriors, farmers, and craftswomen. Their strength was essential to the survival of the tribes.