The Ojibwe speak a language of the Algonkian language family and constitute the largest Indian group north of Mexico. Their extensive pre-contact territory in Canada was mainly north of Lakes Superior and Huron.
Our Dances Today Our Elders of the 20th and 21st centuries have not forgotten their ancient customs, especially traditional dancing, singing and drumming. Elders, adults and youth have continued to practice the Fancy Dance, Grass Dance, Shawl Dance, Jingle Dress Dance, fasting ritual, smudging ritual, offering of tobacco, Moon time Ceremony as well as other traditional teachings MacGregor ; Recollet These were at one time strictly for hunters to acquire power for successful hunting or warriors who prepared to engage other aboriginal groups.
The medicine bag was for the men. It was a bundle of tobacco, sage, cedar, sweet grass that men used for offerings at that time.
Now, we see that women carry a bundle, everything is changed. We can carry a bundle but we have to earn it Recollet Even our relatives in the cities have kept these traditions alive. We have used this sacred ceremony to cleanse the mind, body and spirit and in this way to offer a prayer to the Great Spirit.
The people, whenever they have smudged, have acknowledged the Great Spirit who has always returned a blessing for the individual events. These have included conferences, marriages, birthdays, funerals, feasts, celebrations, powwows or other significant occasions.
Ojibwe now, more than ever before, have modelled the ancient ways and danced with their children. They have said they will continue to share and promote their traditional teachings, culture, language, song and dance.
The traditional and contemporary powwows are among important ceremonies where children have performed their first dances. When a child wants to be out there, and wants to dance, you help that child and you introduce them to that way of dancing through the right way of doing it, you know, which is more meaningful than just getting them ready to dance and sending them out.
Do it right, do it the proper way, the traditional way where they are introduced to the people. The people offer their support behind that child and the family of that child that is wanting to be one of them, to be in that group of dancers, to be part of those dancers.
You do it at the powwows and they also know that there are other children there. They are not out there alone. By seeing other children getting involved I think it helps a lot for the young person to be strong in their belief that this is a good thing.
This is what is there for our people. Dancing has always been a part of our people. It is the proper way to do it, I guess.
To get the support of all of those people that are there, the dancers McGregor Today we have continued to attend other culture-specific powwows. This has included communities in the Canadian Provinces and American States.
Aaron Benson has danced among many peoples: Whatever it may be, you must know the purpose of that song. Then you can dance accordingly.
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