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By: Danah, Hannah, Rebecca, and Shantelle. Religion. Medicine Wheel. ~TOBACCO~ Communicates their thoughts and feelings by praying Traditional tobacco is always offered before picking ~SAGE~ Used for releasing what’s troubling the mind and removing negative energy

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By: Danah, Hannah, Rebecca, and Shantelle

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Medicine Wheel


  • Communicates their thoughts and feelings by praying

  • Traditional tobacco is always offered before picking


  • Used for releasing what’s troubling the mind and removing negative energy

  • Used for ceremonies and teachings


  • Purify the home

  • Uses for healing


  • Used for calming effect

  • Used for smudging and purification





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The moon is called “grandmother moon” its the

cycle that determines the yearly calendar.

Everything of its creation has sprits, the plants, the trees, the water, the wind, the rocks, and the mountains. The sky world such as the moon and other planets has spirit as well.

Sprit Moon: Minidoo-Giizis (January)

Bear Moon: Mkwa-Giizis (February)

Sugar Moon: Ziisbakkdoke-Giizis (March)

Sucker Moon: Nuamebine-Giizis (April)

Flower Moon: Waawaaskone-Giizis (May)

Strawberry Moon: Ode’mini-Giizis (June)


  • Raspberry Moon: Mskomini-Giizis (July)

  • Thimbleberry Moon: Datkaagmini-Giizis (August)

  • Corn Moon: Mdaamini-Giizis (September)

  • Falling Leaves Moon: Binaakwe-Giizis (October)

  • Freezing Moon: Bashkakodini-Giizis (November)

  • Little Sprit Moon: Minidoo-Giisoons (December)

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Timeframe: Clans

“We will take care of them and show them how to live in harmony with all of Creation. We will sacrifice ourselves as food so they won’t starve and we will supply them with our skins so they will be warm. We will teach them what medicines and ceremonies to use to heal themselves.”

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Key Practices & Rituals

  • Sprit name is important for a good beginning, strong prayers and a good life

  • Sprits name are said to be ancient or from their ancestors

  • Fifty percent is your healing and balance: you know who you are, where you belong, where your going and where you came from

  • Colour represents a certain type of power

  • When you wear your colour it’s considered “ good life”


Red&Gold are colours of love

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fancy feathers


Medicine Wheel

Powwow Dancing


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Ceremonies: Sweat Lodge

Sound of the drum is like the heartbeat of Mother Earth

  • Sweat lodge: when you are seeking the help of the Creator & spirits

  • Helping spirits are called into the sweat lodge by prayers, songs, drums, or shakers

  • Drum is an important item of the ceremony

  • Songs and prayers are offered during the ceremony

Sometimes pipe used in the ceremony

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The Medicine Wheel

Represented with four basic colors;Red, Black, White, and Yellow.

We are all equal, and should address each other as if we were Brother and Sister.

Some include the four basic directions; North, South, East, West

May even include the four seasons that are most important – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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“Embracing wisdom and courage means to fly above life's difficulties and smell the sweet grass!”

  • Known as the principle messenger of the Creator

  • The Eagle sees and hears all

  • Sits on the East side of the Medicine Wheel

(Eagle) Feathers

  • Symbolizes Courage;and the use of their feathers are powerful tools for healing

  • a very powerful symbol representing friendship, power, spirituality, speed, purity, courage and strength.

  • Eagle teaches us that it is okay to combine wisdom and courage -- it is okay to be wise enough to know that a change needs to be made in one's life and then finding the courage to execute the change.  

  • ideal material for artistic expression and decoration

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"The drum is the Great Spirit's favourite instrument. That's why we were all given a heartbeat."

  • The drum represents the universal heart beat of Mother Earth ( Noo Halidzoks)

  • Prayers are said each time the drum is used. 

  • The drum is prayed for before it comes to the person, dedicated in prayer before it is used and prayed for before each use.

  • During a ceremony, the drum is first dedicated to the Original Creator

Drum sticks

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75% of Aboriginal teens are prostitutes, drug addicts, and alcoholics

They try extremely hard to preserve their heritage without meeting up to the standards of the evolving world.

Aboriginal Past

Teens were more into traditional hunting, dancing, and activities

Those were the war years, fighting against other tribes (Mohawk vs. Ojibway.

Influence In The 21st Century

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Interesting Facts

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