Native American Witch

Native American Witches Growing

As the amount of witches is growing and at an all time high, so is growing Native American Witches. Skipper Gill is Lakota and a Native American Witch who leads a circle of witches and teaches classes on witchcraft. Skipper also sees within his witch’s circle an increasing amount of Native American Witches. “Well, I originally walked a Wiccan neopagan path but it didn’t feel like I was being true to myself. Then, I started truly studying Native American nature symbols, stories,and ceremonies. I realized how much it basically complimented my beliefs as a witch. I felt it was my true path,” said Skipper Gill. Skipper Gill says he sees within his circle over the years more and more Native American Witches.“That is true. It has a lot to do with people searching for a connection outside of organized religion. However I feel Hollywood is making us a little more mainstream now with Charmed reboot, Sabrina the Teenage witch, American Horror Story: Coven, etc.” says Skipper.

Waapan Alaangweew is a Native American Witch High Priestess of the Oneida Nation who has been leading Native American Witch Circles for over 30 years and she says “Over the last few decades I have seen more and more Native American Witches coming forward seeking spiritual fulfillment and a strong desire to heal Mother Earth.” Waapan started her healing journey in 1991 and has since walked the Red Road and the Magickal road combined. “We are part of the generation of the Eighth Fire prophecy where we must choose either the path of destruction or the path of creation led by Native Americans. The path of the Native American Witch is of positive creation and healing. People are at a time seeking of spiritual meaning and fulfillment. Now is the time,” says Waapan.

Witches Dance
Photograph Copyright Wenona Lee Gardner

Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel is both practiced in Native American culture and also among witches. There are similarities of Celtic culture and Native American traditions that have a lot of similarities. There is a UWM prestigious paper discussed while sitting in the American Indian Student Services Office. The writer went into great detail of his comparisons which one of the topics he went into was the similarity of both culture’s traditions in regards to both be being based on a clan system.

Smudging

The act of using sage, cedar, and sweet grass is used by many Native Americans and Witches. Sage and cedar provides protection, sweet grass brings blessings, and tobacco is for prayer. Witches have their own use of sacred aromatic smoke for ritual cleansing purposes as well that come from their own long cultural traditions. The practice of cleansing with sacred smoke the same way. So it is very natural as as a Witch who also happens to be Native American to continue to use sacred smoke in their spiritual practice.

Witches Dance
Photograph Copyright Wenona Lee Gardner

Native American Witch Circle

There is a circle of over 789 witches in a group called Native American Witches. This Circle has grown rapidly in such a short time. More Native American Witch Circles have appeared across the country becoming more and more visible. Witchcraft Circle Leader Skippy Gill says, “That many are curious about witchcraft…Witchcraft at it’s core is an honorable craft of healing and respecting the earth. I teach the craft mainly to get that message out.”

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