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Appalachian Journey is one of five films made from footage that Alan Lomax shot between 1978 and 1985 for the PBS American Patchwork series (1991). It offers songs, dances, stories, and religious rituals of the Southern Appalachians. Preachers, singers, fiddlers, banjo pickers, moonshiners, cloggers, and square dancers recount the good times and the hard times of rural life there.

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Another powerful picture. Hindu devotees perform religious rituals as they offer prayers to the Sun God at

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A Kwakiutl Shaman Performs A Religious Ritual, 1914

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Bull Plume - Blackfoot (Northern Peigan) - circa 1880 | cherokee | native american indian | interference of white man | shotgun | sad | chief | 1800's | www.republicofyou.com.au (I just found this too. Ok, a Piegan is nowhete NEAR Cherokee. Two completely different tribes, kids. It saddens me that American people know so bloodly little about the First Nations of the land they build their houses on and plant their prideful flag upon.)

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The buffalo was an essential part of Native American life, used in everything from religious rituals to teepee construction.

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A White Buffalo or White Bison is an American bison possessing white fur, and is considered sacred or spiritually significant in several Native American religions; therefore, such buffalo are often visited for prayer and other religious rituals. The coats of buffalo are almost always brown and their skin a dark brown or black; however, white buffalo can result from one of several physical conditions: they may be albinos, they may be leucistic with white fur but blue eyes, instead of the pink…

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The Truth About Snake Handling and Snake Handlers

Snake handling is a serious practice by a small number of mostly Appalachian Christians. I write this hub to bring some interesting and helpful facts about these groups. I believe they are sincere, but they are sincerely misguided.

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