Ed’s note: This post was written by Contributing Editor, Kate Derrick.
For Native Americans long hair signifies great or strong spirit, and knowledge. The hair is considered an extension of one’s thoughts. Traditionally Native Americans would cut their hair only at times of mourning, a way of honouring their spirituality. Cutting hair at a time of mourning could signify that one’s spirit had been reduced by the death of the loved one, but in time the hair would grow long again as the spirit would be rejuvenated.