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American Indian Cemeteries

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There are a variety of cultural burial customs among the American Indian tribes. Some of the tribes bury their dead in caves or ravines, walled in with rocks, some in trees, on a scaffolds or buried in or on the ground. The bodies are tightly wrapped in blankets and shawls. Many of the Indian's personal effects are buried with them or deposited on the grave. Relative bring food to a give number of days and leave it for the departed to subsist upon until he or she completes their journey to the "happy hunting grounds."


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Suggested ReadingEdit

Bushbnell, David I. Native Cemeteries and Forms of Burial East of the Mississippi. Washington, D.C. : Government Printing Office, 1920.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Your Guide to Cemetery Research. Betterway Books, Cincinnati, OH. 2002.

Eastman, Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman. The Soul of the Indian.

Moulton, Candy. Everyday Life Among the American Indians. Cincinnati:Writer's Digest Books, 2001.

Santillanes, Gary F. Releasing the Spirit: A Lesson in Native American funeral Rituals. Originally published in The Director 69:10 (October 1997): 32, 34.

Yarrow, H.C. North American Indians Burial Customs. Ogden, UT: Eagles' View Publishing, 1988.