Re: mediwiwin secret society
- Susan, you may want to look at dream catchers:
"This is where the path divides. No longer will the way of the mind
be allowed to dominate and divide. People of the Mind must be shown
the vision of the Seventh Prophet of the Anishinabe and given a choice
to learn to walk in balance. They must rediscover their connection to
all things --- the path of the spirit.
To many "civilized" people, the path traveled by my People seems slow
and primitive. The power and wisdom of this path isn't easily
understood when their mind is taught to play inside boundaries and
their heart is closed to sissagwaad, the soft wind of Spirit."
"Dream catcher history is known with some credibility due to the
dedicated field work of Frances Densmore at the beginning of the last
century. She traveled from her home in Red Wing, Minnesota to Detroit
Lakes, Minnesota just south of the White Earth Indian Reservation
where she set up a recording studio in the back of a music shop. For
five years she recorded the music of the Ojibwe for the Smithsonian
Institute Bureau of American Ethnology. "
"Groups of the Anishinabeg traveled along the north and south shores
of the fourth sweet water sea and reaching a bay at the western end
they found mah-no-men, wild rice, "the food that grows on water." The
destination had been reached. Spirit Island in the bay was the sixth
stopping place. Not very far away along the southern shore of the
great sweet water sea they found an island shaped like a turtle, the
final sign that their journey was complete. They placed tobacco on
the shore as an offering to the Great Spirit who had led them to this
holy place. They called the island Moh-ning'wun-ih-kawn-ing. This
became the capital of a powerful Anishinabeg nation and the Great
Sweet Water Sea was called Gii-dzhii Ojibwe-gah-meeng, the Great Sea
of the Ojibwe (called Gitchi gumi in Longfellow's poem, Hiawatha).'
Susan,,,WOW,,,Mahnomen means wild rice and is in western minnesota and
just north of Detroit Lakes which is 20 miles north of me. This
description of the turtle sounds alot like the new island i have found
and are on the map i had uploaded. I am not sure if they are talking
about lake superior,,,but Marion though the turtle was out in north
dakota,,,,BUT,,deeper waters again,,,make me think this is west
central minnesota, the high ground.
--- In email@example.com, "Susan English"
> Ancient Waterways Society friends,
> Steve, very moving post, ideas, and how you interrelated it to other
> Posts/articles sent to this web site. Is there is an Internet link
> to the fine Chippewa reading? I also look forward to learning more
> about Uncle Clarence and pyramids.
> I am heavily immersed in studies/clinical work in Madison, Wisconsin,
> soon to finish a Sleep Medicine (Polysomnography) program. With
> repordedly 40,000,000 Americans currently having sleep disorders
> severe enough to require medical interventions, I may aim more toward
> research/preventative studies within the field. Imagine my delight in
> finding this interesting article on dream sleep and another story of
> the Medawin/Mediwiwin which I discovered after reading Steve's Post.
> I will also share it with other Sleep techs. I frequent Baraga,
> Michigan en route to ancient or sacred sites and researchers residing
> in the Copper Country. Coincidentally too, Prof. Jim Scherz of
> Madison is well acquainted with Don & Vicki Dowd of the Mediwiwin
> Society along Lake Michigan shores that Steve's post mentions...
> Concluding paragraphs to article (web link below for full
> article): "....Some cultures, still rooted deep in their tradition
> and fused to their religious teachings, have their own answer to
> Hobson's "hard problem." For the past several years I've worked on
> environmental projects with American Indian communities in Michigan's
> Upper Peninsula, and I've become acquainted with remnants of an
> Ojibwa religion called Mediwiwin. Originating on the shores of Lake
> Superior hundreds of years ago, this community is described by its
> followers as a "dreamer society." An elder from the Red Cliff
> Reservation recently told a friend of mine this Mediwiwin story about
> the origin of the world:
> The Great Manitou first created the waters, then the rock, the sun,
> then the forests. Soon he was lonely so he created the animals of the
> land and the fish of the sea. Each was dependent on the other. He was
> delighted with his creation so he next fashioned a couple of two-
> legged creatures and called them man and woman. Suddenly he realized
> he had made a terrible mistake. The two-legged ones were, because of
> their dependency, vulnerable upon everything else. He pondered this
> and asked himself, "What shall I do?" He decided to give the two-
> legged ones a chance to be equal, to exercise balance through insight
> and visions. He gave them a special power, a gift: the dream.
> More recently I visited a Potawatomi Indian community near the shores
> of Lake Michigan. There I met Don and Vicki Dowd of the Mediwiwin
> Society. Don mentioned that he had met with a priest who had asked
> about native spiritual traditions and how they might be recovered.
> His reply to the priest was: "Tell the truth about Bishop Baraga and
> the journal entries." He explained that the Mediwiwin believe Baraga
> not only attended native ceremonies and prayed with Ojibwa but asked
> to be initiated "into the way of the dream."
> There is no record in his published journals that Baraga ever
> explored the Mediwiwin dream spirituality. The tale of his crossing
> over into the dreamer society may be apocryphal. Nevertheless, the
> story itself hints of hidden worlds, or of a single universe
> connecting disparate realities.
> In our own time and place, the worlds of myth and science, of
> religious experience and empirical research, are frequently set in
> opposition to one another. It may be a striking irony that
> neurologists like Hobson and Jouvet can contribute to a recovery of
> what many people in churches have abandoned: a belief in a divine
> force outside ourselves, a healing presence deep within that still
> speaks through dreams and visions.
> last passage of article, 'Are Humans Wired to Dream?':
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "hilgren"
> <hilgren@> wrote:
> > Hi Susan, My uncle Clarence was a few years older than Marion and he
> > knew pyramids like Marion knew vikings(don,t ever get me going on
> > his stories). Clarence saw we would use this modern technoogy to
> > these great mysterys in an age of coming together.WE,,,you, me and a
> > few others,, that are trying to put all the pieces together.
> > Today I found this while reading about the chippawwa indians,:
> > "At the time of the Second Fire the people were encamped along the
> > east shore of the third sweet water sea. There they searched for a
> > way to cross the sea to continue their journey in search of the food
> > that grows on water. Here they stayed for a long time establishing
> > villages and planting gardens. In attending to basic survival
> > people began to neglect the sacred ways and soon forgot about their
> > journey. Only a few of the elders still remembered the purpose of
> > their migration. Then a little boy had a dream about a path of
> > that would lead across the waters. They returned to the River that
> > Cuts Like a Knife and retraced their steps. There they found a
> > of islands that lead across the sweet water sea.
> > Moving the people by canoe they continued their western journey in
> > search of the food that grows on water. On the largest island in
> > chain the Sacred Megis appeared to the people, rising out of the
> > This island became the center of the Anishinabeg nation, the Sacred
> > Fire was brought here, the sacred water drum of the Midewiwin
> > was heard again. Then the water drum was moved to the eastern shore
> > of another sweet water sea and the Sacred Megis appeared again.
> > the people had their first contact with the Light-skinned people"
> > WOW,,susan,,,the Sweet Water Sea(that ocean i was trying to
> > wildrice(food that grows on water)...indians that carved stone and
> > a secret society,,the mediwiwin...This sounds more and more like a
> > knights templar that was with the vikings and their visit to west
> > central minnesota.
> > Marion spoke often of the ancients who were here a few thousand
> > ago and then the viking returned a thousand years ago and then the
> > norse explorers of the KRS in 1362 retracing the route of those
> > earlier vikings....but always WATER,,lots and lots,,,oceans,,and
> > WATER SEAS.
> > As for the wisconsin river,,more water!deeper deeper,,,keep going!
> > Thanks so very much
> > Steve