Spirituality: Core Native American Indigenous Beliefs


Native Americans, the indigenous American people, were the first occupants of the land until the 15th century when Europeans landed on the shores of North America. Today, Native Americans (also known as American Indians), only make up about 1.4% of the U.S. population. Most of them live in designated Indian Reserves.

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North-Western American Indians. (Source: The World – Its Cities and People)

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For thousands of years before European explorers arrived in the 1500s, California was home to more than 300,000 Native Californians, belonging to over 150 tribes and speaking at least 64 different languages. No one knows for sure when they first came to California, but it’s likely to have been over 12,000 years ago. Archaeological excavations at Grover Hot Springs , just west of Markleeville, and Anza-Borrego Desert state parks are uncovering artifacts of these prehistoric people. The Maidu Interpretive Center and Historic Site in Roseville contains ancient rock art, other artifacts, and exhibits about the Maidu people. (

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An indigenous woman of the Yave Sanga ethnic group cooks on April 2, 2008 in Boqueron, Chaco, north of Asuncion, Paraguay. (AFP)

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