My Autobiography For Spiritual Purposes

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Acknowledging my history as a Native American man is critical to my identity. Culture and spirituality have intertwined with history for many members of the Yakama Nation. Through time immemorial, Native Americans connected to spirituality through the earth and they never separated. My autobiography for spiritual purposes begins May 22nd 1982 where I was born into the world half Yakama and half Caucasian. We practiced the Christian belief system on my mother’s side. Frequently, we would attend church with her or my grandparents. They would frequently drop us off in the youth group where they would attempt to teach us the religious practices via cartoons and coloring books. Our grandparents took us on every possible church event in the community in an attempt to overpower our Yakama influences. My grandparents were not against my father and our traditional beliefs. They just expected us to follow theirs because it was accurate and everything else was questionable. Our father did his best to immerse us into the traditional ways of being a Yakama enrolled member of the tribe. We would frequently visit our Longhouse in the Wapato location. The elders would teach us verbally the way things needed to be, where we sat, and how to complete things. The Longhouse is where we learned our values that are to be with us forever. Our time was split between both practices of Christianity and Yakama traditional beliefs and that left little room for learning our native language. It was a

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