For this benchmark, students will research a Native American community’s culture, oral tradition, religious texts, historical background, and current beliefs and practices. It is advisable to visit the Native American community or a museum that would contribute significantly to the research. If possible, interview a Native American leader from the community or a museum expert about that community.
In a 1650 words presentation, include the following:
Name of the Native American community and the historical religious beliefs and practices of that community
Significance of historical beliefs and the related social, cultural, and theological practices
How historical beliefs and religious practices have been influenced by the dominant American culture
Current religious beliefs and practices and how they are seen in the daily life of a typical member of the community
Elements of the traditional religion that a Christian would need to consider when sharing the Christian faith/gospel with a person from this community
Use 3-5 academic resources.
NATIVE AMERICANS BELIEFS AND PRACTICES Name: Institutional Affiliation: Native Americans Beliefs and Practices Introduction The Native American Beliefs and Practices are considered as sacramental practices of different indigenous populations existing in America. Until late 1950`s, the American Society assumed that the beliefs and practices of the Native Americans were little curious anachronisms and dying remnants that were fading away from the society. This aspect is attributed to the fact that these practices and beliefs lacked sacred doctrines and texts including moral codes that were primarily embedded within the community (Aftandilian, 2011). However, this situation has changed since several religious scholars of ecological studies are currently committed to deepening and expanding their belief systems and practices as detailed in their traditions. This paper seeks to conduct a study on the Native American Beliefs and Practices. Historical, Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Cherokee Indians The Cherokee Indians are considered as one of the largest Native American tribes that settled in the Southern part of America. The tribes originated from Iroquoian descent and were originally from the Great Lakes region but settled closer to the east coast. Despite the traditional folklores, the Cherokee Indians primarily lived in cabins of logs and were considered as a strong tribe that had several smaller sections that were lead by chiefs. Acc...