Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 9 years ago

what do native american indian tribes do with shrunken heads after voodoo rituals back in the 1800 time?

when they killed their victims i believe they ate them as many tribes were into Cannibalism but, what did they do with the shrunken heads did they keep them as Mentos or bury them?

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  • 9 years ago
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    They weren't native american, they were South American- the Jivaro tribe. They are famous for being the only tribe to successfully fight off the Spanish conquest, AND resist all subsequent attempts to subdue them. The practice of taking heads was done to intimidate their enemies.

    In later times, the heads were sold to tourists and collectors,(as they were willing to pay alot of money for them) and they still are today- (although the "shrunken heads" they now sell aren't made from real human heads, but instead are carved of shaped leather)

    The Jivaro weren't cannibals, but some other tribes did practice it, for religious or ceremonial purposes.

    By the natives practiced "voodoo", which is an african-based religion.

    edit**** @ coven of the hawk---no, we're not pagans either. We're strictly speaking not even theists at all, as we don't worship any gods whatsoever. (no, we don't worship nature, or spirits- our spiritual beliefs don't involve any worship at all)

    edit@ Gerald Cline-----The term "native american" refers specifically to natives of the united states. "first nations" is the term used in canada, and "indian" is still used in South america.

    No, we don't have religions, religion implies the worship of a deity of some sort, and we don't do that.

    We don't worship a "great spirit" and don't believe in a "happy hunting ground" (you've watch too many hollywood westerns) Neither do we worship spirits. And we don't have animal spirit guides either.

    We DO have a rich spiritual heritage, but NONE of it involves worshiping ANYTHING!!!

    honestly....did you get all this nonsense out of books written by non-natives? And do you realize how arrogant and distasteful we find it when non-natives presume to know more about our own cultures and beliefs than we do?

    Source(s): Navajo
  • shirts
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Voodoo Shrunken Head

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I would bet that most South American Indians would be shock to discover they are not "Native American Indians...."

    Head-hunting was not a common North American Indian practice, although many tribes did collect "trophies" from enemy warriors (like scalps--which DID predate the arrival of the white-man--fingers, and the Cheyenne were known to take arms).

    Religion is a really touchy subject with most American Indians today. The fact is that there was (and is) no universal religious belief across the whole American Indian culture (both North and South America). Most North American Indians did have a rich spiritual life and practiced religions, some of which DID worship the spirits in living and inanimate objects (Manitou). Most tribes had at least a vague concept of a "Great Sprite" and most believed in an afterlife (usually translated into English as "the happy hunting ground'). Most of the famous "dances" practiced by North American (western tribes) Indians like the Sun Dance, the Rain Dance, the War Dance, and the Ghost Dance all had religious significance. To suggest that the American Indians were not (and are not) a religious people is hard to support. Even if they don't want to talk about it, and are offended if white-men are curious.

    As noted, voodoo was an African import into the Caribbean which spread into the (mostly) black community in Louisiana.

    Source(s): History-buff....
  • Sandra
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    I'm from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville reservation in Washington State. Some of the last names there are: Everybody-Talks-About, Bearcub, Red Thunder. These are the names with Native names as their origin. Most Natives here though have French and Scotch-Irish last names because of the fur trade. Those names are Finley, Marchand, Toulou, Stensgar, Seymour, Swan.

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  • 9 years ago

    Native American Indians have NOTHING to do with Voodoo.

    They are the original Pagans.

  • 4 years ago

    Hello! Voodoo is a African practice, not Native American! Only a few South American tribes practiced head hunting!

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