When Native Americans pray to the 4 directions it is a prayer to the spirits of the world, to life & the Great Spirit that encompasses the 4 directions & everything that is. The Medicine Wheel is a symbol that incorporates the 4 directions. Its spokes point east, south, west, & north. The 4 quarters are colored red, yellow, black, & white representing all races, seasons, & stages of life. The circle is the earth, moon & planets. It is the circle of life & all creation.
Pictographs in The Great Gallery, Canyonlands National Park, Utah USA. These pictographs are thought to have been made by the Anasazi Native Americans ('Indians') around 2,000 years ago. The images themselves appear to represent religious figures, possibly the spirits of departed tribal chiefs. Credit: KEITH KENT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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The Apache Sunrise Ceremony celebrates a girl becoming a woman. Girls prepare for the ritual for six months or more. During the ceremony, which can last four days, the girls sing, pray, run, and dance, often for hours without stopping. Here, a girl from the White Mountain Apache tribe in Arizona is blessed with pollen, symbolizing fertility.
Frank Chee Willetto Tall
Another member of American Indian and United States history is gone. On June 23, the Navajo Nation and Indian country received the news that Frank Chee Willeto, 87, former Navajo Nation vice president and Navajo Code Talker walked on at his home in Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. He also sat on many boards and was a Navajo Nation Supreme Court Justice. Willeto received the Congressional Silver Medal in 2001 for his service as a Navajo Code Talker. by Rezboyz Photography, via Flickr