Spirit Walk Ministry
“a reading room for magical thinkers”
You have come to this page looking for our section on Native American Spirituality, which has long been a feature here on this website
It has become sadly apparent that this section has not had the effect that was intended and we have made the difficult decision to remove it.
The “interest” in Native American Spirituality has for too many become an obsession and more of a fad than a true spiritual quest.
This has resulted we believe in the proliferation of an epidemic of plastic shaman’s pushing sweat lodges and other supposed "Native American" paths to enlightenment that are just money making scams or ego driven shams that are luring people in with false promises and giving them hopes.
To keep these pages up would only make us enablers, helping the unwise to be taken advantage of by the unscrupulous so we can only advise you to take the time read the articles below and watch the documentary then decide if you wish to continue on this quest.
Do you think you are "Indian at heart" or were an Indian in a past life? Do you admire native ways and want to incorporate them into your life and do your own version of a sweat lodge or a vision quest? Have you seen ads, books, and websites that offer to train you to be come a shaman in an easy number of steps, a few days on the weekend, or for a fee?
Have you really thought this all the way through? Have you thought about how native people feel about what you might want to do?
Please think about the following important points before you take that fateful step and expend time, money, and emotional investment: (read more ...)
Who are "The Indians" ?
Before you can attempt to answer the questions you have about the spiritual beliefs of the Native American people you must first decide who exactly it is you are talking about, and the answer to the question of “Who are the Native Americans?”, really depends on who you ask.
From a literal perspective, “Native American” would seemingly refer to any and all of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and include the ancient native peoples of North, South and Central America. But. trying to define and label any collection of peoples, spread over such a vast geographic area as a single anthropological group would not be logical. Trying to assert that the Inuit tribes of Northern Canada and the Mapuche tribes of Argentina are the same people is like trying to see the culture of the Celts of Britain as analogous to the culture of the Zulus of South Africa.
In popular culture, “Native American” is generally held to be a term describing the indigenous people of the continental United States, ranging from Northern Mexico up into Canada. Again, this is the popular perception and not the “correct” perspective as the native people of Hawaii also claim status as Native Americans. But, even if we were to limit the discussion of Native American spirituality to the indigenous tribes of the continental United States we do more to expose our ignorance than unveil the reality. (read more ...)