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The Myth of Native American Religion

by Noah Nez
Volume 23.2, Summer 2013

Native Skeptic

The Myth of the Rain Dance

by Noah Nez
Volume 23.1, Spring 2013

Native Skeptic

There are many myths and misconceptions found in every culture around the world. Some are more fanciful and colorful than others.

Wisdom from the Origins Conference

by Noah Nez
Volume 22.3, Fall 2012

Native Skeptic

A quick search on the background of some of the speakers and sponsors reveals much of the same brand of pseudoscience that is found permeating through the entire institute, its offered programs, and the Wisdoms of the Origins conference.

Geronimo’s Hair

by Noah Nez
Volume 22.2, Summer 2012

Native Skeptic

While there might be some variability in the details regarding the reasons for long hair from tribe to tribe, there is one major component that has remained consistent: long hair has never been about aesthetics but instead is a religious concern.

Skinwalkers

by Noah Nez
Volume 22.1, Spring 2012

Native Skeptic

There is little documented information about the details of “witchcraft” among the Najavo—or Diné, as they call themselves. What is relatively well known is their term “Skinwalker,” or “yee naaldlooshii,” which means, “with it, he goes on all fours.” This is a reference to the special ability to transform into a four-legged animal.

Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds

by Noah Nez
Volume 21.4, Winter 2011-2012

Native Skeptic

Some attempt to correlate the various stories from different tribes of indigenous people into modern Thunderbird sightings. However, when one looks a little more critically at these legends, it is clear they serve a much different purpose.