A menstrual cycle is the process of ovulation
and menstruation in women and other female primates. For the human race, the
woman expierences a menstrual cycle approximately every 30 days. Native
American communities used to view a young woman’s first menstrual cycle as
Menstruation in the woman has been happening
since the beginning of the human race and it is very vital to the reproduction
of humans. The cycle of a woman has naturally aligned with the waxing and
waning of the moon. The Native Americans used to celebrate these moments. When
a young woman would experience her menstrual cycle, it would be celebrated as a
gift of fertility and femininity. To the Cherokee tribe, menstrual blood was a
source of feminine strength and had the power to destroy enemies. The cycle
provides the woman the opportunity to gain command over her weaknesses and find
her spiritual power and sacredness.
When a woman would become fertile, she would
be seen as very powerful and sacred. The community would rejoice her and
acknowledge the gifts that she had been blessed with. When were treated very
differently in the Native American tribes. They were special and very powerful.
They had the power to reproduce and continue to keep the tribes growing,
generation after generation. Some Native American cultures see the cycle as a
blessing with a gift to heal, protect or bridge into the higher realms of awareness.
However, many of these honors have been lost over time. The cycle provides the
woman the opportunity to gain command over her weaknesses and find her
spiritual power and sacredness. In the sacred realm, the menstrual cycle was
given to the woman to allow her to find herself, spiritually, mentally, and
physically. The Native Americans understood this and helped the young woman
with blessings, prayers, and wishes so she would be able to live a prosperous
life on earth, and if she believed in an after-life, a prosperous life there as
The menstrual cycle today is not talked about
or celebrated very much. It is the gift of life, and the Native Americans knew
that. The only way to keep your family name alive was to keep having children.
The Native Americans celebrated this natural and wonderful gift.