Native American Daily Life and Spirituality Inseparable

Inseparability of Native American Spirituality and Everyday Life
I’m reposting this original article because I think it says best what I wanted to express on this subject. I did recently write a second article on this subject and you’re welcome to check it out as well.
I recently learned about this aspect of Native American life through the writing of Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman), a part Santee Sioux raised in a traditional Native American home, who later was educated as a doctor in American colleges. He wrote eloquently about Native American life in the early 20th century. He wrote that daily life and spirituality, as lived purely by original peoples, were not really even two elements tightly interwoven. Rather, the people viewed their existence and lived their lives AS a manifestation of spirituality and spiritual creation. To them, there was no difference; they were inseparable.

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A Virtuous or Spiritual Life: All Seriousness and No Fun?

What do I mean by “a virtuous or spiritual life”?  I’m not here addressing holy sisters, priests, monks, apostles, or full-time religious devotees. Instead, I’m talking about most people — those who want to live a good, productive life in keeping with their dreams, goals and the spiritual and moral/ethical values they hold dear.  In…

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