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1880's. A beautiful hand-tinted portrait dating back to the late 19th century of an Ainu man in traditional clothing. He is wearing a sword in a shoulder belt and a ceremonial crown (サパウンペ, Sapaunpe) used during the iomante ritual and other religious rituals.

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Bull Plume - Blackfoot (Northern Peigan) - circa 1880 | cherokee | native american indian | interference of white man | shotgun | sad | chief | 1800's | www.republicofyou.com.au (I just found this too. Ok, a Piegan is nowhete NEAR Cherokee. Two completely different tribes, kids. It saddens me that American people know so bloodly little about the First Nations of the land they build their houses on and plant their prideful flag upon.)

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feasting and dancing-Music played a central part in English culture at this time. Manuscripts contain many images of musicians and musical instruments, but also show the range of settings in which music was performed. This included religious rituals such as the daily cycle of prayers performed by monks, and also non-religious settings such as banquets, balls, tournaments and fairs.

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This is a rare photograph of the Native American Piercing Ritual, a rite of manhood among the Indians. It was created in 1908 by Edward S. CurtisThe photograph illustrates a Crow man, leaning back slightly, with strips of leather attached to his chest by sticks pierced through his breast. He is tethered to a pole that is secured by rocks. This is all part of the piercing ritual of the sun dance.

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The Truth About Snake Handling and Snake Handlers

Snake handling is a serious practice by a small number of mostly Appalachian Christians. I write this hub to bring some interesting and helpful facts about these groups. I believe they are sincere, but they are sincerely misguided.

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This is the very fine George Catlin. Mr. Catlin started off as a lawyer, who was taught by Tapping Reeve at the first law school in the United States, the Litchfield Law School. After two years as a...

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A White Buffalo or White Bison is an American bison possessing white fur, and is considered sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals. The coats of buffalo are almost always brown and their skin a dark brown or black; however, white buffalo can result from one of several physical conditions: they may be albinos, they may be leucistic with white fur but blue eyes, instead of the pink…

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