Ojibwe speaking Anishinaabe, in the United States and Canada named and described the months of the year in a like manner, especially within the Great Lakes area. Some differences do occur generally within some tribes. The Menominee, Potawatomi, Ottawa, and Cree call and know the months by different names. The stories of each moon may also differ, but the themes and meaning of the stories remain, by and for the people. All stories quoted herein are my own personal versions flowing from my own memory, meditations, spiritual inspirations, and conservations with Anishinaabe Elders and relatives.
For thousands of years, Native medicine was the only medicine on the North American continent. It is America's original holistic medicine, a powerful means of healing the body, balancing the emotions, and renewing the spirit. Medicine men and women prescribe prayers, dances, songs, herbal mixtures, counseling, and many other remedies that help not only the individual but the family and the community as well. The goal of healing is both wellness and wisdom.
Aboriginal legends are pictures in word-form of Aboriginal life, showing life from their point of view. Legends deal with religion, the origins of things, and acts of bravery performed by stout-hearted warriors. They convey a vast range of cultural knowledge including folkways, values and beliefs. This collection includes legends meant to entertain, teach or pass on moral values. There are four books in this series of legends. In addition, there is a teacher's handbook to assist in the use of legends in the curriculum.
"...to provide students with an accurate account of Ojibway culture, history, and worldview based on the oral teachings. ....Topics covered include the four directions, the pipe, the Midewiwin and Sweat Lodge, the Seven Fires prophesy, and the Seven Grandfathers Teaching, values and beliefs, and the role of the Elders." (from Goodminds website)
Ideally suited for classroom use or home reading, this illustrated history of Ojibwe culture focuses on the teachings of the Good Path, nine core values that are the fundamental basis of Ojibwe philosophy: Honor the CreatorHonor EldersHonor WomenHonor Our Elder Brothers (the plant and animal beings)Be PeacefulBe Kind to EveryoneBe Moderate in Our Thoughts, Words, and DeedsBe CourageousKeep Our PromisesKids of all cultures journey through time with the Ojibwe people as their guide to the Good Path and its universal lessons of courage, cooperation, and honor. Through traditional native tales, hear about Grandmother Moon, the mysterious Megis shell, and the souls of plants and animals. Through Ojibwe history, learn how trading posts, treaties, and warfare affected Native Americans. Through activities designed especially for kids, discover fun ways to follow the Good Path's timeless wisdom every day.