Extra, extra, se revelo la naturaleza.
Animales tienen a cazadores de presas.
Osos, cocodrilos y otras especies violentas matan gente para usar su piel en una cruel empresa lo dicen los medios y la gente lo comenta. Osos con alfombras de humanos para sus cuevas, cráneos de hombres disecados los venados pegan en paredes de bares que solo animales frecuentan, animales escapan del zoológico hartos
encerrando en jaulas a políticos nefastos, el señor lagarto viste un sombrero muy alto echo con piel de humano cazado en las junglas de asfalto.
The word savage to you may mean a good thing or whatever, but to me it will always be a slur. And you cannot get angry at me for getting uncomfortable or mad at you using it so casually. Because it has some pretty terrible connotation to me and my ancestors. So, yeah, it’s probably a stupid thing to get mad at, but I do. You didn’t grow up getting the word shoved at you everytime you showed an emotion that was deemed unlikable or talked about something culture specific or not even culture specific just what certain people deemed weird or undesirable (like I remember having an argument with a few kids on whether you could eat fish scales or not- news flash you can- but like what the hell??? That’s not a “savage” thing to do.) So yeah I get a little upset at the use of the word, but you don’t understand what me and thousands of other Native American people have gone through hearing that word.
Changing Woman is a living divinity, and her worshipers feed her, speak to her and give her gifts. She is venerated through storytelling, song and discussion. The most vivid and important tribute to her is made in the form of the ritual that marks the onset of menstruation (na ih es in Apache).
According to a Chiricahua tradition, at one time all the Apaches lived together at Hot Springs, where they received their sacred laws before they dispersed across the southwestern USA. It was here that White Painted Woman (Changing Woman) gave them the menstrual rite, in the form of explicit instructions that are still followed to the present day.
The feast begins at the onset of the first female bleeding and lasts for four days, during which the medicine-man chants prayers appealing to Changing Woman to infuse the girl with her essence so that she might be transformed into a productive and caring woman, to be honoured and venerated by her people. In response, and “travelling on his chants”, Changing Woman’s spirit comes to reside in the adolescent, who becomes the embodiment of the goddess for the four sacred days.
On the first and fourth day, the initiate walks clockwise, accompanied by the high-pitched wailing of women, around a basket containing pollen, feathers, paint and grain which are counted among the sacred elements of the ritual. At various stages there may be feasting, storytelling and dancing, initiated by masked dancers called gahe. Changing Woman’s intercourse with the sun is enacted by the initiate during the course of the ceremony. By its conclusion, she has become a woman and a symbol of peace and prosperity for her people.
Source: The Goddess: Power, Sexuality, and the Feminine Divine by Shahrukh Husain. Pg. 112-13.
If you got any resources for Apache culture and tradition could you send them my way? I have a female character who hails from that tribe and accurate info is so slim.
I’m not too well versed in the area, so turning this over to followers! When suggesting resources, please try to find tribe-authored/co-authored sources instead of people trying to reconstruct life without any input from the Apache!