Category: Feature Holiday

The Wampanoag Native Americans Beliefs

Kiehtan  This means “Great Spirit” or the Creator (God.) Kehtannit is a divine spirit with no human or gender form or attributes and is never personified in Wampanoag folklore. Nikommo  Benevolent little people of the forest, in whose honor the Nikommo feasts are held. Pukwudgie Magical little people, capricious and...

Thanksgiving and Native American Wisdom

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving ? Sarah Josepha Hale, of Massachusetts, and editor of the popular magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for a national Thanksgiving Day to promote unity, and on October 3, 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated...

Native American Heritage Stories

 mitákuye oyás’iŋ, which translates literally as “all my relatives.” This  Lakota phrase reflects the belief that we, as human beings, are related to everything and everyone—from huge cottonwood trees to the cool wind, and from barking prairie dogs to the fertile soil. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared November...

November Cooking Tips

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared November as “Native American Heritage Month”, so we are talking about the most indigineous food there is in all of the Americas: Corn. [Maiz] Last month we talked briefly on the “Maize-terfully Delicious!” corn. This month we’ll explore more uses of corn masa...