How to Braid Hair: Throughout the history of Native Americans, how to braid hair has always been a significant part of their culture.

For some, braiding was simply an ornamental way to style their hair, especially for the women and children. In some Native America cultures, the men would wear braids in their hair because it had some religious meaning or they were preparing for a battle.

In some of the Native American Indian tribes, knowing how to braid hair was an essential part of their life. Wearing braids could signify the status of someone in the tribe. Sometimes, only the medicine man or chief could wear braids. Other times, young warriors would braid their hair and adorn the plaits with feathers, beads or leather. Still, for some tribes of Indians, only the women could have long hair, so they were the only ones who could braid.

How to braid hair was also a big part of life for many American Indian females. In certain tribes, single women wore two braids trailing down their back while married women wore one braid. They became very skilled at plaiting the long strands of hair in elaborate styles, many times weaving in a variety of materials like colorful yarn, feathers, beads, leather strips and even fur.

Thanks to the Native American, how to braid hair is an important part of every little girl’s repertoire of hair styling. The basic braid starts at the nape of the neck as if a pony tail were going to be formed. Instead, the hair is separated into three strands and woven together in an interlocking pattern. The ends of the hair are secured with a ponytail holder or hair clip.

There are a number of variations to take into account when you learn how to braid hair. The French braid is a popular style which takes some practice, especially if you are doing it on your own hair. Cornrows are another popular adaptation and can often be seen in the African-American cultures as well as others all around the world. No matter what type of braid it is, the style can spice up any person’s appearance. And with the number of variations as well as adornments that can be used in conjunction with braids, the hair possibilities are endless.


Responses to " Why Do Native People Have Long Braided Hair (VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    strength comes from long hair. native americans who were recruited by the us military could no longer track once their heads were shaved.

    next group were allowed to keep their long hair and were excellent trackers! it gives more sensitivity and allows the senses to work overtime. i'm native and my husband is not, but he wears his hair long in my tradition. he has beautiful, thick, long hair, although blonde. :) i'm braiding it for him today.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Long hair and beards - braided or not - were a tradition among my Norse ancestors, an d long hair was the source of power of Samson in the christian book.

  4. Anonymous says:

    long hair is for material world , short hair is for spiritual connection

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  6. Anonymous says:

    We live with our relatives, my braid is all my relatives!

  7. tamlee says:

    Native. Men r sexy the women r so beautiful the culture is so amazing the things they make the coloursthat the use for the pow wow,s and out fits is a big wow iI can only wish I was native bit I'm not ..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Find a picture of braided hair prior to the Chinese coming to the Americas to build the railroads, in our language we had a word for the Chinese it meant,"One Braid" nuff said ;-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    my hair is an extension of many things about myself, private and some not so. not having any children, my spouse or sibling are only ones I allow to help me with my braid (bride).

  10. Unknown says:

    They are also thought to act as spiritual antenna as well.

  11. In a number of educated research programs, long hair acts as our antennas… They pick up the senses along the path, the feelings of the humans and animals around us. They give us the warnings when we need them.

  12. How interesting!

  13. It keeps us connected.

  14. Unknown says:

    I am not Aboriginal (I have grown up in a society with many Aboriginal people near me in Saskatchewan) but I have always had endless respect for their culture and I have always very much enjoyed learning more and more about details of symbolism. I feel the symbolism of braided hair is so IMPORTANT to remain practised today as culture needs to be continued for generations to come so that it does not get lost or forgotten along with any/all other symbols of the Aboriginal culture. I, in the utmost way, appreciate and respect all aspects of Aboriginal culture and the people.

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