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No, Native Americans AREN'T Savages. by ComradeSch No, Native Americans AREN'T Savages. by ComradeSch
This is based on my experiences with both Christianity and Cree teachings, from a Cree elder who I am good friends with. I've taken Cree ceremonies and attended sweat lodges, and I have also been to numerous Christian churches, having been raised Christian and rejecting my faith at age fourteen. Now that I've rejected my faith, I have been able to compare both Christianity and the Cree traditions I have been taught, and overall, I found that, contrary to the crying of a lot of Christians who think that think, or used to think, that Native American spiritualism is some kind of savage Devil-worship (yes, I'm looking at you, James Maxwell, my least favorite co-worker), they actually have a much better way of going about their spirituality.

Whereas Christians have churches and priests who tell you how to be a Christian, NAMS (my abbreviation for Native American spiritualism) states that there is no single way to properly follow your spirituality. Sure, there are some traditions that are upheld, such as sweat lodges, pipes being used to offer prayers, the medicine wheel, and the fact that prayers are always "give thanks to the creator, then ask for help for others, or the strength to help others", but apart from that, you can practice literally however you want, so long as those pillars are not contradicted. You can even be a Christian and also follow NAMS teachings, as the NAMS "Great Spirit" is a very mysterious thing that's not meant to be understood, and could even be a god from any major religion, or could be the natural world acting on natural law (thus being the laws of nature, or the "winds of nature" that I personally refer coquially to as "the gods")
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Cochegara Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
"Tribes" who lived to the north of Aztec Empire had towns. And farming. With wooden huts.
DUH.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Edited Apr 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Tell that to the Cree, the Navajo, the Blackfoot, the Inuit, the Shawnee, the Hopi, and countless other tribes who took up the majority of the co tinent and did not build wooden houses, and all but the Hopi that I mentioned (maybe the Shawnee) did not farm.

You're talking about the Iroqouis and the Pacific side, who did- But guess what? The Great Plains tribes who took well over half of the land in North America did not, and neither did the Inuit, who took up the majority of northern Canada and used snow to build protective structures.
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Cochegara Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
Wow, SUDDENLY it wasn't a single crop or town on permafrost.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Student Writer
EDIT: You rejected your faith at 14? I was around the same age when I didn't think god was real anymore.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Student Writer
Yup only a year younger. :D who'dve thought?
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe, yeah XD
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Student Writer
Also my former faith was Christianity :XD: but I mean, I was a Lutheran, an old Nordic branch (I'm Nordic heritage) so I'm guessing that wasn't your denomination.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't really denominational, but I switched churches a lot, so I went between Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist and several others. I didn't really care, because Christianity was all the same to me back then.
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Student Writer
Ok. That's interesting...Baptist and Seven Day Adventist are particularly hard core when it comes to their beliefs I heard. Especially Baptist belief.  

I guess all the differences are kind of dumb especially considering it's meant to be a user friendly, easily followed religion which everyone should follow :XD: except for the irony that there is not one united denomination.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, they were, and I was fundamentalist until I was twelve, then my faith melted away.

Very true XD
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DarkVikingMistress Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Student Writer
I agree. I'm always fascinated with indigenous spiritual cultures. Even though they are more ancient they seem less "socially inept" than major religions. I think the reason is that indigenous spiritual culture is often tailored to be easier to navigate as a social being; considering that being socially connected to the human tribe used to be of vital importance. Modern major religions seem to be anti social in some ways in that they strictly reject some human behaviour and social practices for religious reasons. But spiritualists like these ones have to be more accepting of other views by nature otherwise the tight social knit falls apart and then their survival may hang in the balance. We didn't get anywhere by being anti social at least in the past.
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PyrrhusiVictoria Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What Europeans often forgot back in the colonial heyday, is that the way they viewed western tribes as being uncivilized primitives was exactly the way Rome viewed them just a few centuries before. And if one wants to speak of "savagery", one can start by thinking about the act of handing disease-laden blankets to defenseless people.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Mmhmm.
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SingaporeCommunist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Yes, Native Americans are NOT Savages..

Anyway Non-Abrahamic religions are very fascinating to study.
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ComradeSch Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I agree very much, and though I don't believe the spiritualism of NAMS (as I abbreviate their traditional beliefs), I do actually appreciate their beliefs and how they go about them.
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SingaporeCommunist Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Indeed
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