Native American Religions

1160 Words Jul 9th, 2018 5 Pages
Over the century Native American religions have been repressed and misunderstood. There has been little room for them to actually be able to explain their rituals and why it is important to them as a society. This ignorance’s has resulted in the loss of land, false practices with sacred objects, and a lack of education within the rituals of indigenous religions. The indigenous population deserves support to preserve their practices and language. Since most of these religions have been repressed for so long many elders do not wish to teach their kin about their religion in fear of rejection from the modern society. The 21st century has started to transition to a more sympathetic society and I believe if there is more awareness directed …show more content…
There is a lack of sympathy when an individual addresses a problem because without the support it is seen as a selfish action from a group rather than something that could benefit them. New age spirituality has also infringed on Native American practices. Many people steal aspects of Native American religions and do not understand the full extent of how offensive it actually is to use certain objects for the individual’s spirituality. There is a coalition out there that does not want anyone to use any of their sacred objects for their selfish spiritual experience (Religious Appropriation Tinker, 2013). It is understandable why this group rejects an outsider’s use of sacred objects, since their practices have been rejected for so long the resentment towards modern society continues to grow, as does the lack of education on the subject. Even though spirituality is an important part of a humans life and it is wrong to ban an individual to use the object because there is no right or wrong answer when it breaks down to spirituality. There should be an understanding of the object before the individual decides to take
This is a difficult problem to find a solution since it is impossible to monitor businesses and regulate them so they do not sell any sacred objects. There should be a further education from the indigenous population on what sacred objects are
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