Ceremonies - Plateau Indians in Olden Times
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.