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Native American children: regalia and culture

Native American children: our chiefs of tomorrow

Hello everyone!

Achomawi baby in beaded cradle board-1910

Achomawi baby in beaded cradle board-1910

If you like my Facebook page, then you probably know that I like Pow wow regalia! And that I really like Native American children regalia. Every time, I attend a Pow wow, it just warms my heart to see children dressed in either regalia or traditional wear. You can also check out my post about Pow wows here or here. Or learn about Pow wow dances and their meaning here.

Children are our future. They are the ones who will keep the culture alive when we have passed on to the spirit world. I think they need to be taught about their culture so they can take pride in their traditions. I have attended Pow wows where mothers go dance with infants strapped to their back. The child moves along to the music with their mother. They feel the vibration of the drum and I can honestly say I have never seen a child cry when there is singing and drumming. Even if it can be very very loud. One would think that the music would frighten them but it rarely does.

Traditional music and children

Okibwe-Cree boy dancing, Montata

Ojibwe-Cree boy dancing, Montata

The music, the rhythm seems to soothe children, reminiscent of their mother heart beat (what the rhythmic drumming symbolizes). I have seen many young kids, toddlers, just stop and listen when singing begins. Just like the little 2 year old girl who was attending the Brushing off ceremony I attended. She just sat on her dad’s lap and seemed mesmerized by the singing. I have said before that traditional songs are passed down from generation to generation, songs that are actually prayers. And it is as though children understand intuitively the message contained in those songs.

One reason for this might be related to the fact that children are just out of the spirit world. Remember that we enter the physical world from the spirit world, to return to the spirit world at death. Remember the directions of the Medicine Wheel. We move from the spirit word to the physical world to return to the spirit world. Death is just a change in worlds. When remembering this, it makes sense that children would understand songs that came to be from the spirit world.

Children and Elders

As an example, have you noticed how easy it is for older people to connect with babies? Or how children seem attracted by older individuals? They recognize one another. One just left a world that the other one is entering. It’s easy for them to interact. Their soul is pure, open to the unseen. Older people will often reminisce about their youth. Some will find it annoying, reminding them that it’s in the past. But to them, it is where they are now. They have returned to their child state, in preparation for the spirit world that awaits. I was once told that every child is born an Elder. They are born pure, without malice, they are born teachers and Elders. And I truly believe that. Every child has the potential to later be an Elder. The effects of colonization get in the way though. The teachings, the language get lost.

So when children are involved in and taught their traditions, it is a beautiful sight. It is the sight of a culture that is alive. It is the sight of a culture that is not forgotten. Our children need to be taught, so they can keep the culture alive, as they will become the teachers. So, I am leaving you with a series of photos of youngsters involved in and proud of their traditions. It makes my heart smile to see them. Enjoy those beautiful Native American children in their regalia.

2 Hunting Moon Pow wow

2012 Hunting Moon Pow wow

Fancy Pow wow shawl. It moves beautifully when one dances

Fancy Pow wow shawl. It moves beautifully when one dances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012-Santa Fee. How cute!

2012-Santa Fee. How cute!

 

2012-Santa Fe

2012-Santa Fe

Tiny Tots grass dancer-a type of dance often seen in Pow Wows

Tiny Tots grass dancer-a type of dance often seen in Pow Wows

Grass dancer

Grass dancer

Pow wow 2012

Pow wow 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little jiggle dress dancer

Little jingle dress dancer

Little girls in jiggle dresses

Little girls in jingle dresses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiggle dress in movement. The movements in such dancing are so graceful

Jingle dress in movement. The movements in such dancing are so graceful

Oglala Lakota nation Pow wow-Pine Ridge Reservation-SD

Oglala Lakota nation Pow wow-Pine Ridge Reservation-SD

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