First of all, is this even the politically correct term? Anyways, when I was little I always thought I was native american because my hometown has a lot of proud lenape and ramapo mountain residents. Always a huge turnout for pow-wow's, and lots of history. I eventually learned my family background, but still always respected the native american ways and found an interest and similarity in my spiritual views. but because I am caucasion is it wrong for me to follow this path? Like people say they are "christian" or "a buddhist" i cant just say "I'm native american". would saying "I follow the native american religion" be a more proper term?
Asked by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
There isn't one universal "native american" religion, they vary by region, and in general are all shamanistic. You can find out more here.
There are extremes in all aboriginal religions - some people believe you MUST be born to the blood to participate, and even discriminate if it's not pure enough. Others are universalist and welcome anyone. This is an individual thing, not one that entire religions endorse one way or the other.
Answer by NotPanicking at 5:35 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
WOW that's a great question! I think you may need to ask someone who is actually Native American. Maybe do some googling about it, or ask at one of your POW-WOW's ( i love pow-wow's!!) You could say that you follow native American Philosophy, this adds a lil more than just the religion aspect, like it adds a lil culture to you when you say it that way, but your not actually saying that you ARE of native American blood.
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