American Indian Nations. Alive with Nature. The Naskapi. Northeast America. http://www.mrn.gouv.qc.ca/autochtones/english/recherche/index.htm.
American Indian Nations
Alive with Nature
The whole world is filled with soul or Mantu; reality included the physical world as well as the spirits which inhabited it. The way the Naskapi contacted the spirits was via the Mista'peo, the Great Man. "The Great Man is the active, living soul of each person."
A shaman was someone who knew how to control souls.
Animals give themselves to hunters and the hunters must express their thanks to the animals by "respecting their carcasses and using them in the most economical way." Through dreams the hunter learns where the animals are and how to hunt them.
The hunters must respect the animals. Some animals are guarded by special spirits. Many rituals signify the relationship between the hunted and the hunter.