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Native American Beliefs
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Post # 1
This is something I wanted to look more into recently, but for the life of me couldn't find anything with a good amount of information. I found bits and pieces, and I know that Native American beliefs vary a bit (although as a British teenager my knowledge and resources are a little limited). If anyone can point me towards a good book, website, or resource I would be deeply grateful.

Thanks to any and all replies made!
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 2
There are not a lot of books or information on Native American Beliefs. These are closed societies, they are not willing to let their religion outside the tribe because of the history they have with non native people.

Unless you are a Native or can find one willing to teach you, I don't think you will have much success.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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I am an honrary rez rider, its a motorcycle orginization that preformes services and raises money to help them, Im ho rary cause I dont have motorcycle if I got one my dad would kill me... which sucks cause im 23. Anyways ill try to be more active if it t helps, A pow wow might be. Good place to start. I know the father of a rez rider had died and left him a bunch of things, I think he was Hopi, but I can't be sure I got a box of his stuff cluttering my room. Don't remember why im rambling, I digress, if I get a more active role I'll try to learn some stuff for you. In any other case im sure more experienced and knowledgeable members are sure to help you out.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 4
I don't know if I should explain that they made Rez short for reservation as in native American reservations. Dont want to come off sounding like a douche.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 5
Thanks to both of you, I will respect if they're closed societies and wouldn't want to pry, it would be unfair. I'm thankful if you do get anything, Coyotl, but I really don't want to be disrespectful or put you to any trouble.

Thanks again all :)
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 6
That's quite alright but I am not spying, I will ask respectfully explaining the situation fully... well enough for someone to know that it will be cataloged for someones personal interest. I am of the belief that if we hold on to strongly to some secrets we will eventually loose a well of vast knowledge to time, my Interest are to preserve and possibly improve on old herbalists recipes so its not like its a completely selfless favor, but it is your choice regardless I will not pry I to personal matters but if the information is available I will seek it. My offer to share it with you still stands if you want it but I wont force you to accept it.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 7
Thanks, I would be grateful for anything and would keep it all written down or documented for personal use. I, too, would hate to see this knowledge lost to time, and although I respect the reasoning behind it it would be a great shame. Feel free to PM me if you don't want to/are asked not to post it on the public thread.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 8
You got it, as for my own culture maybe so much of the Aztecs wouldn't have been lost if it wasn't left only on a codex... but thats life some information persevered and some faded, I was supposed to take part in a ritual once, but I chickened out. Didn't wanna dast for what I was told would be 4 days.
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 9
I'd say it varies, what tribe are you looking to learn from? No two tribes are the same, we all have different beliefs. Honestly, I don't think you'd really get much info, you'd learn some things but there's actually like A TON more things that were just to sacred to actually be put out there to the public. By the way I'm Navajo, just a little FYI...
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Re: Native American Beliefs
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Post # 10
I'd heard the tribes and their beliefs were very varied. I honestly didn't mind much which tribe specifically, I'm open to any information from any tribe. And I respect a need for secrecy in belief/wanting to preserve sacred beliefs, so I wish not to intrude unless the knowledge is given openly/having been informed it would be shared (such as with Coyotl)
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