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Don't Pay To Pray


"Everything passed down from the Creator is a gift of love. How dare others demand payment for a gift that is not theirs to give?"
Marty Firerider, 2005

Native American Spirituality

Most Native Americans do not regard their spiritual beliefs as a 'religion' in the same way that Christians or other organized faiths do. They see their spirituality as an integral and seamless part of their being and their culture.

Also, some Native Americans have felt that some non-natives are practicing "spiritual exploitation" of Native American spirituality. If you remember nothing else about Native American spirituality, remember that to Native Americans everything is sacred.
Native American Spirituality

Don't Pay To Pray

There are really too many shame-ons /plastic medicine people to even attempt to list them all. So we have listed just a few.

The best way to tell if someone is full of BS or not is to "know them by their actions". Another way is if they say they are a medicine person - Then put your walls up and become very cautious.

If there is ANY meantion of ANY type of compensation for ceremony in any way then the chances of the person or group being genuine is unlikely. Some will ask for a donation, but if it is a set price, you may just want to move on.

There are correct and fundamental ways to participate in ceremony and community within our different cultures - food is usually an element, shared at the end of the ceremony or during a non-ceremonial event. Giveaways at dances/ceremony - any gathering is appropriate if done in a humble and respectable manner. Giveaways are not to show how "good or generous" a person you are - giveaways are from the heart and not to be made into a show.

Use some common sense when deciding to participate in any ceremony that is solicited through the internet and those that are advertised in nu-age papers. Those may NOT have anything constructive or healing to offer - just more fluffy feel-good crap!

And remember - Indians DON'T recruit! We don't ask for converts - in fact most traditional people are very tired of all the "seeking" by those only interested in "feeling good about themselves"! Indian way is always for the good of the people - not the good of the individual. The ceremonies are to show us how we "FIT" into Creation - not how to stand apart from it.
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