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Dreamcatcher Dance Sticks
David Hoff-Grindstone, Lakota
Native American Ceremonial Sticks
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There are many types of sticks used in Native American ceremonies. The hai detoi is a stick of madrona wood with feathers on one end and a flint on the other - it is used by a Pomo (Northern California) shaman during healing ceremonies.
A hatcamuni is an Acoma Pueblo prayer stick. It is made by the individual (or an individual's family member) that is requesting healing. It is cut from a live willow or cedar, may be notched or painted and might have feathers attached to it.
The Zuni bundle up a group of prayer sticks, kaetcine, offer them up to the spirits and then bury or deposit them in a prescribed location.
A Lakota Horse Stick would represent the likeness of the horse and be decorated with markings and adornments that recounted the life and achievements of the horse. By making and carrying the stick, it was hoped that the spirit of the horse would follow the warrior in life and give him added strength and power.