American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of any of the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The ancestors of the Native Americans are generally considered by scientists to have entered the Americas from Asia by way of the Bering Strait sometime during the late glacial epoch.
- n. any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
- adj. of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages
“A Native American man who has been asleep in the corner rubs his eyes and crawls forward to snatch a Ladmo.”
“When the American Medical Association was founded in 1847, a hodgepodge of newly marginalized “irregular physicians” gravitated toward the Eclectic Medicine movement, which embraced everyone from homeopaths to hydropaths, mail-order herbalists to Native American healers.”
“His skin was the color of polished amber, and his dark hair was swept back into a long pony-tail wrapped with silver and turquoise Native American leatherwork.”
“Just sixty or seventy years ago, it would have been virtually impossible for most laypeople in the West to participate in a Native American sweat lodge, practice Christian meditation or centering prayer, study Kabbalistic wisdom, engage in Sufi dancing, or learn advanced forms of yoga and qigong.”
“… The last visit was really sad, a Native American family, a very young widow and mother with her sistet, brothet-in-law and two young children.”
“Through a combination of world events and a general opening from within the traditions, we can now study not only the teachings but also the experiential rituals of Kabbalah, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, mystical Islam, Native American spirituality, shamanism, Taoism, hatha yoga, and much more.”
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“The challenge to the Michigan referendum was brought by the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary known as BAMN and by 59 black, Latino and Native American students and prospective students of Michigan's public universities.”
“The Native American Church uses it as a sacrament in certain religious ceremonies under very controlled conditions.”
“Not much attention was yet paid to Native American music, but a sociological interest was taken in some of the instruments slaves had brought from Africa, such as the “banjor” (banjo), the “barrafou” (which resembled a xylophone), and the “quaqua” (a kind of drum).”
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