Ceremonies - Plateau Indians in Olden Times for Kids Illustration

Ceremonies - Plateau Indians in Olden Times


For Kids

Ceremonies:  As the most important religious leader in a village, the Shaman led religious ceremonies throughout the year.  Two very important ceremonies were seasonal. One ceremony thanked the spirits for allowing the tribe to complete preparation for the coming winter. Another ceremony thanked the spirits for bringing spring. All ceremonies involved a lot of dancing and singing, accompanied by bird-bone flutes and deer hoof rattles, banging sticks and beating hide covered wooden drums. Ceremonies were noisy. The tribe wanted to make sure the spirits would hear their thanks and prayers.

More Plateau Indian Ceremonies, including those of the Nez Perce

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