Lenape Indians // The Lenape Indians, part of the Delaware Nation, used specific symbols to represent their clans as well as the earth and animal spirits they believed played key roles in their daily lives — for example, the Unami clan was represented by a turtle. They also used series of symbols on stones and wampum belts to tell traditional stories and to represent key historical events in the tribe’s history.
During the dance, shapes are formed in storytelling ritual such as the butterfly, the eagle, the snake, and the coyote, with the hoop symbolizing the never-ending circle of life. Native American Hoop dance focuses on very rapid moves, and the construction of hoop formations around and about the body.
"By awakening the Native American teachings, you come to the realization that the earth is not something simply that you build upon and walk upon and drive upon and take for granted. It is a living entity. It has consciousness. edgar cayce
The acquisition of horses by the plains Indians in the early 18th century transformed the lives of most tribes between the Rockies and the Mississippi.