When you hear the words Native American Warrior there are many preconceived ideas that come to mind. People generally think of the stoic warrior in a feather headdress carrying a spear or bow. I want to present an alternate view of Native culture inspired by Japanese Manga. And my use of the word Ninja instead of Warrior is an important part of that reinterpretation.
Superhuman or supernatural powers were often associated with the Ninja. Some legends include flight, invisibility, shapeshifting, the ability to “split” into multiple bodies, the summoning of animals, and control over the five classical elements. These abilities are also a part of Native American mythology and stories. I seek to present our heroes and culture in a unique way and hopefully help encourage thinking outside of the box by merging the idea of the Native Warrior and the Ninja.
Wayne Parkhurst is a member of the Navajo and Oneida tribes and grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona.
“Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain.”
– The Art of War
Marcus Kee summoning a Horned Toad for battle. The seal on the ground is inspired by the Navajo Seal with the 50 arrowheads. The horned toad is called grandfather in the Navajo language and it is said he is the guardian of the arrowheads.
Angela is the most feared Blade Dancer in the world. The last thing her enemies see is her “wings” outstretched before they find a quick death. She will carry between 10-30 hoop blades with her. She is fast, athletic, and extremely dangerous.
Native American Hoop Dance is a storytelling ritual with the hoop symbolizing the never-ending circle of life. In elaborate sequences of moves, the hoops are made to interlock, and in such a way they can be extended from the body of the dancer to form appendages such as wings and tails. Although originally a male-only dance form, in recent years women have become active participants in the hoop dance.
“Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.”
– Chief Tecumseh
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