Considering traditions, language and ceremony have been passed down for many generations in many tribes, there is a lot to learn in the way of culture.

To young people today, there may be a bit of a disconnect in terms of learning about the traditions of our ancestors—or maybe they don’t have a clear idea of how to go about learning traditional ways.

In an attempt to help bridge this gap, here are 10 ways young people (or anyone wanting to learn more about their own tribe) can go about learning, connecting and practicing the ways of their own Indian culture.

Start Learning Your language

The first step to bridging the gap between young people and their ancestors is by speaking the language that was spoken by their tribe before the arrival of settlers. English is considered to be one of the least expressive languages and native languages have a depth of meaning that can serve as a true connection to your heritage.

Start a Native Group or Club at School

This is not as hard as it seems, but going to your school’s office and asking if you can have permission to meet once a week after school or during lunch is the first step to meeting other Native students. In such a group, you can invite elders to speak, share stories and even learn about other tribes. Use your imagination.

Speak to a Tribal Official

By meeting with a tribal chief, chairman, president or tribal council member, you can learn about how your tribe deals with day-to-day business. You can learn about the importance of politics, or how your tribe deals with handling of the issues, needs, problems and assets of your people. Perhaps you can learn ways to contribute or volunteer.

Visit With an Elder

Never underestimate the incredible power of a conversation with an elder. Ask questions and take the time to listen with an open heart. Ask them to tell you stories and/or ask them about the traditions of your tribe. By showing interest you are stepping up as a young warrior.

Share Your Culture

Even if you are not fully informed about your own culture and traditions, offering to share your culture with another group or school will influence you to ask questions and learn more about yourself. You would be creating a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Meet With the Tribal Historian

Some tribes have a tribal historian on staff whose job it is to ensure that tribal history, culture and traditions will continue to be shared with the generations to come. Meet with them, ask them questions—and if you start a club or group at school—ask them to visit with the group. If you don’t have a historian, ask around and find a knowledgeable elder, they often enjoy sharing stories.

Join a Social Media Group

There are a number of groups on social media focused on Native culture. You could even create a group focused on learning about your tribe’s culture. Invite elders to join and swap knowledge. While you show an elder how to use Facebook, Google+, Twitter or other forms of social media, the elders can teach you about your culture—another win-win for bridging the generation gap.

Make a YouTube Video

Much like when you are preparing to talk to a class—when preparing to put something on YouTube—you have to learn in order to share a message. Here is another way to learn and create at the same time while sharing the message with others. Use lessons taught by your elders to create the video.

Learn About Shared History

A lot can be learned from not just your tribe’s history, but how your tribe and ancestors were seen by other tribes. Again, ask questions and take time to listen and learn.

Ask to Take Part In Ceremony

If it is appropriate ask an elder, or the right person in your tribe, if you can take part in an upcoming ceremony. Every tribe is a bit different in the approach, so this is a great opportunity to learn about practicing the traditions and ceremonies of your ancestors.

A quadruple amputee Rottweiler named Brutus is getting the chance to walk again thanks to a new set of artificial limbs.

Brutus, who lives in Loveland, Colorado, is only the second dog to ever have four prosthetic limbs. The dog became disabled after he got frostbite on all four paws and was maimed by his breeder, who tried to amputate the damage himself.

But now Brutus has a loving foster mother in Laura Aquilina, who is training the dog so he can get used to a life with artificial limbs.

'You can't explain to an animal why you are putting these contraptions on their feet,' she told Fox 31 Denver. 'You can't explain it to them, that it's to help them.' Brutus' new limbs, which he was outfitted with in September 2014, gives him a high step that resembles a 'bucking bronco'.

Although Brutus can now take walks outside, Aquilina wants more for the two-year-old dog. 'It's not always pretty,' she said. 'We want to be able to give him a higher function where he can run and play with other dogs, go on hikes.'

Aquilina has Brutus do exercises and play outside so that he can become better at balance. And the dog will soon undergo physical therapy and get an improved set of prosthetics to boot. Brutus' artificial limbs were made by OrthoPets of Denver, which makes prosthetics for about 250 animals around the world every year.


Jim and Jamie Dutcher spent six years living with wolves. What they learned might surprise you.

The photography is stunningly beautiful and the insights that Jim and Jamie Dutcher share with us opens a world of understanding into wolf behavior." –Apogee Photo Magazine

Delve into amazingly intimate wolf photography by Jim and Jamie Dutcher, a couple who spent many years living with a pack of wolves at the edge of Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness, observing their complex social hierarchy. Here is the alpha pair, leaders of the pack, often the only couple that mate. Here are the pups, born with eyes shut in the spring, tousled by their mother through the first six weeks of life.

Here is the omega wolf, lowest ranking wolf in the pack, whose subservience, often playful, alleviates pack tension. Here are moments of cooperation and moments of snarling dominance, moments of communication and affection.

Here, too, are heartwarming moments of connection between the Dutchers and the wolves, caught in pictures that remind us how close the links are between wolves in the wild and the beloved family dog.


An Owl's eyes are large in order to improve their efficiency, especially under low light conditions. In fact, the eyes are so well developed, that they are not eye balls as such, but elongated tubes.

They are held in place by bony structures in the skull called Sclerotic rings. For this reason, an Owl cannot "roll" or move its eyes - that is, it can only look straight ahead!

The Owl more than makes up for this by being able to turn its head up to 270 degrees left or right from the forward facing position, and almost upside down.

Since Owls have extraordinary night vision, it is often thought that they are blind in strong light. This is not true, because their pupils have a wide range of adjustment, allowing the right amount of light to strike the retina. Some species of Owls can actually see better than humans in bright light.

To protect their eyes, Owls are equipped with 3 eyelids. They have a normal upper and lower eyelid, the upper closing when the owl blinks, and the lower closing up when the Owl is asleep. The third eyelid is called a nictitating membrane, and is a thin layer of tissue that closes diagonally across the eye, from the inside to the outside. This cleans and protects the surface of the eye.

1. "The first step in hypnosis is to relax. So ... relax, ya?" 

2. "You must clear your mind of all distractions. There are no distractions anymore." 

3. "Take a deep breath. Take another. I'm watching." 

4. "Look into my eyes. You should be getting sleepy. Why aren't you sleepy?"

5. "You're looking into my eyes, right? Not my stray feather? IGNORE IT!"

6. "Try concentrating on my utterly fabulous eyelashes. Count them.

7. "Are you sure you're really concentrating? I have my doubts."

8- Close your eyes

9- Sleep Now

10. "Count backwards from 10. 10 ... 9 ... 8 ... " 

11. "You do know how to count, don't you?" 

12. "C'mon now. You can do it." 

13. "Your eyelids should be getting heavy now. So very heavy ... " 

14. "Your feet are like lead weights on the floor. Gravity is your master."

15. "Your breathing is slow and steady, slow and steady." 

16. "You are getting sleepy ... so sleepy ... "

17. "What do you mean you're not sleepy?" 

18. "You followed my instructions, didn't you?" 

19. "What do you mean, 'Do I even know what I'm doing?'"

20. "I am a master hypnotist! I am!" 


Wolves often show their affectionate and merry sides by gently nibbling on each others' faces. Although it may appear to outsiders as being hostile, the nibbling is a sign of endearment.

In wolves, enthusiastic face licking not only is an indication of affection, but also sometimes one of subordination, too.

If one wolf licks the face of another, he may be making a point to convey his lower social ranking. In the world of wolf packs, "superior" animals are generally the toughest and the ones with the most seniority.

Whining: Fully mature female wolves also sometimes convey feelings of affection by making whining sounds. If you hear a whimpering wolf, she's not necessarily upset about anything.