Mi’kmaq Spirituality. The Significance of Rituals. Some Aspects of Mi’ kmaq Spirituality. Feathers Sacred Pipe Sweet Grass Drums Sweat Lodge Smudging. Feathers. Feathers are very sacred to the native people
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The eagle feather is significant to all First Nations tribes across Canada. The eagle feather is a way of delivering a message to the Creator. It is an honour to receive an eagle feather in recognition of helping one's people. It is believed by the Mi'kmaq people that the eagle is the only living creature to have ever touched the face of the Creator. The Eagle represents the medium through which Native people can identify and appreciate the significance of the Creator's spirit among them.
Tobacco is used to send a message to ask for the help of the people in your community. It is also used in Mi'kmaq burial ceremonies. By giving a tobacco offering to the spirits, it helps the deceased to get to the spirit world. Tobacco is commonly used in Pipe ceremonies.
Two holidays that are very significant to the Mi'kmaq people are St. Anne's Day, July 26, and National Aboriginal Day, June 21. St. Anne's Day is a day to celebrate and gather to remember Saint Anne as the Patron Saint of the Mi'kmaq people.
National Aboriginal Day is celebrated by all aboriginal peoples, and is a day to celebrate the traditions and ceremonies of our ancestors. The Federation of Newfoundland Indians' St. George’s Band as well as the Exploits Band area traditionally hold an annual celebration day, which brings people in the area together to celebrate their Mi'kmaq culture and heritage.