Native Americans in the United States

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Native American as Told by me
Mike Ickes
ENG121: English Composition
Instructor: Clinton Hale
February 3, 2013

Native Americans have many different beliefs and a different culture compared to what most of us are used to. Imagine growing up in a world with no fear of walking outside. A world where we were all dressed the same. The only sounds that are heard are those of a beating drum and every element that makes up nature. Everybody knows each other and does not judge based on beliefs or race. Religion does not point at one god, but to our mother as earth and our father being sky. The main belief is that we are all related and not one individual stands higher than another. I am Native American. Growing up my mother was and still is part of the Mother Earth Daughters drum group for the Shawnee tribe. I can remember waking up day after day in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but woods and a river. The only noises heard in the early mornings were those of the birds chirping, standing out as a fire whistle would in the city. The drum also beats repetitively and resembles that of a steam engine going down the track. To me this is peaceful and leaves nothing to fear. No money, no violence, and the love for one another is all that matters. I would walk out of my hut and everyone is dressed the same, as if a new world never came. Covered in regalia made of hides from deer to skunk, faces painted everywhere I look. Yet dressed as this, no fingers are pointed hence that particular word spoken of what we believe in known as free. There is a sacred circle with a fire that never ends. We dance around this like the eagle soars. Our only commitment to this is to give back our respect to the earth, just as the eagle that’s never trapped, forever free. Every direction I look there is a smiling face. The day to day living is no set agenda, but more of an accomplishment we all want to finish. To the left tomahawks are being made...
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