As a Native American Indian, I often find myself offended by the recent popularity and "coolness" of paranormal investigations being held at our burial grounds and sacred lands. Even tho I am told that many "good" paranormal groups have their own homemade laws regarding this.....has anyone considered asking a Native American Culture Preservation Member or an Elder about the validity of their rules? There are certain practices in our culture and things "To Do" and things "NOT TO DO" when visiting each native burial grounds site.
Rules are NOT necessarily the same from one Indian tribe to another Indian tribe either. For example it is not permitted to "PROVOKE" spirits in any circumstances in our culture. Provoking spirits is considered rude and intolerable. Tromping around blindly without any plan of offerings and laughing at us is also rude.
Before going to any Native Indian Sacred site, learn the history and get permission first and be prepared to give the appropriate "offering" and if you are refused permission please abide by that decision and move on. There are many valid reasons you may receive a refusal. I'm sure some will feel "entitled" to do whatever they please but be forewarned by doing so....you set yourself up at getting what you seek and MORE.....so be prepared to suffer the consequences of your actions, whatever they may be.
Don't come crying on our shoulder if you do get something bad as you have obviously done something wrong and are at fault. Natives have long suffered at the hands of our government, so called well intentioned peoples, and by the result of broken treaty's. Our dead deserve the respect most of them NEVER got in life so first and foremost be respectful. We don't care about anyone's 5 minutes of fame.
Before going to our sites and grounds be prepared.....get permission.....be humble.......and give the appropriate offerings and responses. I suggest bringing along a tribesman if you are given permission if you can even get one to go with you. The recent popularity of paranormal investigating and the popularity of going to native Indian sites has once again opened some old and new wounds.....justifiably so. Thanks for your understanding and as us natives say passing the talking stick "I have spoken"...