Native American Cultures, Tribes, and Religion Essay

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Even though there are numerous Native American tribes and cultures, they all are mostly derivatives of other tribes. For instance, in the southwest there are large number of Pueblo and Apache people including, the Acoma Pueblo tribe, Apache Chiricahua, Jemez Pueblo, and Apache Western. In this section, largely populated groups in certain regions (northwest, southwest, The Great Plains, northeast, and southeast) religious ideas, practices, and impact on American culture will be discussed.
First, the northwestern region, which includes the areas from: the northwestern coast from Oregon to Washington, the Rocky Mountains, and the Cascades Mountains consist of mainly Paiute, Shoshone, and Blackfoot tribes. According to A Native American
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The Shoshone understand the sun as being a deity, so much so that “sweating is considered a religious activity” (Pritzker 304). Unlike the Paiute, the Shoshone believe only those who are apart of the religious societies are allowed to heal people, and the role of the individual’s religious activity “is the acquisition of guardian spirits through prayerful vision quests in remote places” (Pritzker 304).
Due to the population and proximity of these three groups they shared vaguely similar ideas of religion, but this region as a whole is know for more than its culture, the tribes residing in this region have left an impact in today’s culture. According to the Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World, the Paiute, Shoshone, and Blackfoot tribes in the Northwest region contributed various things to the present-day American culture such as, sign language, Americas first map, insect repellents, oral contraception, and indigestion medication. Even though there numbers have decreased drastically, they impact on America will live forever.
Next, the Yavapai, Apache, and Navajo tribes populated the majority of the southwestern region, which includes, southern part of California, Utah, all of Arizona, New Mexico, and the western part of Texas. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and People also
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