The originality of the Native Americans or red skins can be mapped out about 15,000 years ago from Siberia. From many tales, it is believed they were made from water, stars and earth. Men used to hunt and were warrior whilst women catered for their families and pursued many farm activities. Native Americans can be grouped into two. The sedentary farmers included the Zuni, the Yuma, the Hopi and the Yaqui tribes while the nomadic tribes were made up of the Navajo and Apache tribes.
There are numerous practices associated with the Native Americans. Use of tomahawk symbolized war whereas burying it meant end of war and a truce has been made. Religion differed among the red skins as there were those who saw the sun as their God while others believed in a Godly being, the Manitu or the death goddess. The Native Americans also considered animals to be spirits and their skin aided in making drums and clothing. Plants were source of medicine and dyes.
These Americans had idol objects that include feathers that were embellished as symbols of status. Spiritual leaders used brightly colored feathers as medicine. Religious ceremonies were widely celebrated and red tailed hawk and eagle feathers were used as they were considered sacred. The Native American feather bonnet is the most popular headgear created by the red skins. Warriors donned the headdress to depict bravery. Tribal chiefs also wore the bonnet feathers.
The Native American saddle bags [pouches] were quite useful. Horsemen used saddle bags while riding and they came in different patterns and symbols. A saddle bag and bonnet were believed to protect the wearer against any harm in their activities. Native American believed in natural cure and many times medicine men and women relied on roots, bones, feathers and crystals to cast out illness or evil spirits. Most of the traditional practices brought together communities, healers and the patients.
These days, the Native Americans are experiencing a lot changes in their lifestyles. There are those who still live in remotes areas whilst some have turned to new ways of life. It is easy to find the creek feather bonnet in the Gilcrease Museum with all reserved decorations. In addition, it is easy to find a saddle in the same museum and it goes by the name ‘Plain Indians Saddle’. The Gilcrease Museum stands out and has defied the red skins’ traditions and culture in many ways.