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The tribe was descended from the ancient Rubber Tree People of the Central American jungle. According to ancient myth, the Sky Spirits from above created the first Rubber People in their own image and led the way to a sacred land where the Rubber People would live for eternity. This story had a basis in truth: the Rubber Tree People traced their lineage to the Inheritors, the Humans honored by the Sky Spirits, which turned out to be ancient alien visitors, with certain genetic gifts. Their ancient language, also shared with their cousins in Central America, appeared almost unchanged from that of the Sky Spirits.
The exact origins of the tribe were obscure until, during the 24th century, Kolopak spent some years tracking down the origins of his tribe, and his son Chakotay later had the opportunity to meet the Sky Spirits in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Tattoo")
Some centuries before the 24th century, many women of the tribe were raped by white conquerors. The tribe did not reject the children born from this, but accepted them into the tribe. One of these, Ce Acatl, became a great leader. (VOY: "Basics, Part I")
By the 24th century, the tribe had a presence on a colony near the Cardassian border. This group was opined to have refused to accept the 24th century, at least as compared to other tribes. (VOY: "Tattoo")
In a practice similar to, but predating, Carl Jung's active imagination technique, tribe members were taught that an animal guide accompanied them through life, and that they should talk to them as if to a counselor. They could not speak this animal's name without offending it. Vision quests might be undertaken, induced originally using psychoactive herbs, and later through a device called an akoonah. A medicine wheel was a tool used to track altered states of consciousness, particularly in a medical context. (VOY: "The Cloud", "Cathexis")
A medicine bundle, custom assembled by each individual to contain objects of a personal nature and not quickly shown around, was a component in some spiritual rituals. (VOY: "The Cloud", "Initiations")
Other cultural practicesEdit
The Native American practice that if someone saved another person's life, their life belonged to their savior did not apply to this tribe. They had also never used bows and arrows. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Basics, Part II")
In 2372, Chakotay made up an ancient legend he claimed existed among his people. It pertained to an angry warrior and his tribe finding peace by vowing to protect a female chief and her tribe. (VOY: "Resolutions")
Other cultural concepts included: