Centennial Essay

This essay has a total of 624 words and 3 pages.


The story Centennial, by James A. Michener, had sections in it that referred to the way
that Native Americans lived in America. These sections told stories that portrayed,
partially, to the customs of the Native Americans.

Many general references to their religion, transportation, rituals, and everyday life,
were made. I have read these sections and analyzed some of the interesting and important
customs that these people had. In the following essay, I will give some examples of these
customs, and how they are part of the Native American lifestyles that I read about in

As a first example, the Native Americans that I read about during Centennial all had names
that were of objects, animals, actions, or things.

It was very important to their customs to name a person after something distinctive or
honorable to the tribe. Such names as Cold Feet, Running Snake, and Gray Wolf, might sound
odd or stupid to you and me, but to these people, they were names of distinction and
individuality. Another example of a custom that was talked about in the book was the
Native American's religion of polytheism. Native Americans firmly believed in these Gods
and spirits for guidance. They linked them closely to their ancestors. As an overall
whole, religion was important, but looked at differently than other cultures saw religion.
This may be why they were later persecuted for it. The skill of Horse riding was an
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