Before European contact, the Indian tribes of North America did not celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, since they hadn't heard of him. However, many of the American Indian people of North America have been Christianized for several hundred years. Over this time, customs which were introduced to them by the missionaries, have become adapted to the native cultures, and are an integral part of their Christmas traditions today, just as they are in most American homes.

Many Native American people found that the story of Christmas and Christ's birth fulfilled tribal prophecies and found the message of Jesus to be consistent with the truth that was handed down by their ancestors.

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Twas In The Moon of Wintertime

The Huron people say that a Jesuit missionary priest by the name of Jean de Brebeuf, who was living among them, wrote their first Christmas Carol around 1640. The Huron built a little chapel made of fir trees and bark in honor of the manger at Bethlehem. The manger animals were the Buffalo, the Bear and the Fox. They made a traditional lodge of skins and dressed the figures of the nativity scene as Native Americans.

The Huron Carol was originally written in the Huron language and later translated to French and then English. It is one of Canada’s oldest Christmas songs and remains a common Christmas hymn in many Canadian churches of Christian denominations. The melody is suited best to instruments with limited pitch range, making the Native American Flute well suited.

‘Twas in the moon of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high…
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

The earliest moon of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
On the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.

“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

The Native Santa

The Handsome Fellow

A number of different cultures have a friendly figure who treats children to candy and gifts during Christmas. For many Native Americans, this gentleman is known as the Handsome Fellow. Legend refers to a Creek leader named Chief Hobbythacco, which translates to English as "handsome fellow". He was part of the diplomatic efforts in Colonial America, and would often bestow other tribal chiefs with gifts to share among their people. Some American Indians encourage children to believe the Handsome Fellow is responsible for leaving presents on Christmas Day, while others believe Santa comes to visit.

I Hope You Dance

Many Tribes, including the Laguna Indians, many of whom accepted Christianity some 400 years ago, have the custom of a dance on Christmas Eve or Christmas, where gifts are offered at the Manger.

In many other tribes there are many representations of gifts brought to the people. All life is a gift from the creator. Our time on this earth is but a dance. Listen to the wind and the sounds of the earth, there is a song being sung each day. Celebrate life and share the gifts of the Creator. In this way it will be complete.

Good health to you and your family in this Holiday season.

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