Scholars have spent plenty of time debating the rituals of Native Americans. Some tribes were peaceful, some were war-faring, and many fell in between. Many of the customs and traditions of tribes have been studied and researchers have good ideas about how the Aztecs, Mayans, Iroquois, and others lived day to day.
Some documents help us understand interesting evidence of violent Native American rituals. These were painful Native American practices and capital punishments that often defy the imagination. Keep reading to learn about some of the ways these historical people doled out punishments, celebrated victories, and mourned their dead.
Aztec Heart RemovalPhoto: Public Domain
Mayan Pre Battle Insults and Ritual Blood LettingPhoto: Mayan Bloodletting, Wikimedia Commons
Huron Feast of the DeadPhoto: Drawing of the Feast of the Dead, 1636, Wikimedia Commons
Miami Sacred Bundles and War DancePhoto: Wikimedia Commons
Iroquois Mourning War and CannibalismPhoto: Wikimedia Commons
Smoke and Flames: The Cree Raiding PartiesPhoto: Public Domain