Posts from April 2015

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The Bear Ceremony

by Cindy Crowe

So what the heck is a bear ceremony I wondered? And what does it have to do with me? Once again, I had no clue as to how this one ceremony was going to influence my journey. ‘The Cleansing Winds’ illustrates when I realized that Ron Indian-Mandamin was the correct individual to conduct the ‘Ceremony […]

The Cleansing Winds

by Cindy Crowe

Albert Mandamin of Shoal Lake provided guidance to me to invite specific Elders to attend this gathering which was honouring spring. I received a small amount of funding through primarily two organizations to support the travel and accommodations of these Elders. One of the Elders that I invited was Albert’s nephew Ron Indian-Mandamin who has […]

On Top of Mount McKay

by Cindy Crowe
Mount McKay

I am sure that the Creator was giggling to Herself as She watched me struggle with erecting my first teaching lodge. This first lodge definitely wasn’t even or very straight. When I look back at pictures now I have to giggle and shudder a little. I am gentle with myself though. As Oprah would say, […]

The Birth of the Teaching Lodge

by Cindy Crowe

Following that Fall Ceremony in 2006, I spent a lot of time talking on the phone with Albert about my dreams and aspirations and my hunger to learn about our precious Ojibwe culture. I learned to appreciate his humour and poking fun at me. That was his way. He never treated me any different than […]