Native American religion is something that is hard to define

Symbolism, especially with animals, is often a common part of Native American religion. Animals were used to represent certain ideas, characteristics, and spirits. Some Native American tribes used animals to tell the story of creation. Some creation stories, one by the Tlingit Indians, were centered on a raven.

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There is concern about the validity of using western measures of depression with American Indian populations due to vast differences in cultural beliefs about mental illness, cultural labeling of different emotions, variability of manifestations of depression (rarely DSM IV criteria), and conceptual language differences (Manson et al.).

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Elder Abuse. American Indian cultural standards are different from the non-Indian community.

Don't pay some new-age guru $250 to perform fake "Native American" ritualsthat would have offended your ancestors, go physically to their tribe and re-connect with their other descendants.

Native Americans - Encyclopedia of Arkansas

In a traditional Native American funeral, the family takes care of their own dead. They make all the arrangements, including transporting the body, and utilize green burial techniques. Family members wash and dress the body, and place it in a shroud or wooden casket. While the body may be honored for two to four days before burial, embalming is avoided. With modern technology, the body is preserved prior to burial with refrigeration using dry ice.

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Each tribe has their own variation on funeral customs, including use of Native languages, symbols, ceremonial objects and practice. Native people consider the natural world a sacred place, with religious activities attached to specific places. Many also believe that birth, life and death are all part of an endless cycle.

They view nature as Mother Earth

Managed Care. There is considerable concern in the Indian community that the health care system, built over the last 20 years to address the needs of American Indians in a culturally competent delivery system, will disappear with the advent of managed care contracting for Medicare and Medicaid funding.


This study underscores the need for culturally sensitive dialog with patients about concurrent treatment and collaborative relationships with American Indian healers.


Many AI tribes/nations have specific rituals and ceremony concerning care of the body after death in order that the spirit crosses over safely to the other side, and is not held here by inappropriate behavior or thoughts by the deceased person’s family.