Writings

WHITE BUFFALO WOMAN
By Onefeather  

She went into the woods with three strips of silver rawhide thirty inches long...

Services

Intuitive Tarot & Astrology Tune-Ups

​Chris Anderson (aka Onefeather) has been doing intuitive counseling using Tarot cards and Astrological Chart casting since 1970.
Dr. Charles A. Eastman, born Ohiyesa (Santee Sioux) Chapter 4: Barbarism and the Moral Code, The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation, 1911: "One great difference in our ways is that, like the early Christians, the Indian was a socialist. The tribe claimed the ground, the rivers and the game; only personal property was owned by the individual, and even that, it was considered a shame to greatly increase.

Our Philosophy

Robby Romero

about the environment, indigenous peoples and child rights.

Interview w/

Peter Buffett

Emmy Award winning musician, social activist and son of...

Marcome

(pronounced Mar-ko-may) is a gifted Canadian singer...

Native American

Naming Ceremony

The Latest Edition of ​Onefeather's New Series of Videos on YouTube:
Visions, Dreams and Insights
Visions Dreams and Insights:
Join Onefeather for his random weekly posts in the eclectic series of videos he produces as a resource for his friends and followers. Combining astrology, tarot and vision questing/meditation modalities, Chris brings through updates from The Great Mystery that are often timely reminders or overviews of the constantly shifting energies that we're called to deal with as we advance toward an often veiled and unsure future. 

​Growing up in an environment of tribal consciousness, Onefeather was introduced by his grandfather (a full blood Potawatomi and mystic) to the idea of seeking silence and allowing the Creator to inspire and counsel him. Now, more than sixty years later, he continues to delve more deeply into the realms of Higher Consciousness, seeking enlightenment with the sole desire of implementing and sharing a life that is crafted by the Presence that he spends time with on a daily basis. 

​Subscribe to his YouTube channel and receive notices whenever he posts a new video that will bring focus and advance notice of fluctuations in the Cosmic rhythm of life on planet Earth! 
https://www.youtube.com/user/wonefeather
Friend him on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.onefeather
Find him on Google + at: Chris Anderson Onefeather

The Latest Edition of Onefeather's collaboration with Barret Hedeen on YouTube


The Miracle Within

The Miracle Within
Based on A Course in Miracles:


​Join Onefeather and his study friend Barret Hedeen for these weekly discussions about A Course in Miracles. Both Barret and Chris have been devoted students of the Course for a multitude of years, searching for deeper insight into it's simple yet profound meaning. This weekly video journey into what ACIM offers for the individual looking for a more peaceful way of approaching and expressing life is filled with insight and practical information.

"A Course in Miracles began with the sudden decision of two people to join in a common goal. Their names were Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. It does not matter who they were, except that the story shows that with God all things are possible. They were anything but spiritual. Their relationship with each other was difficult and often strained, and they were concerned with personal and professional acceptance and status. In general, they had considerable investment in the values of the world. Their lives were hardly in accord with anything that the Course advocates. Helen, the one who received the material, describes herself: 'Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief. I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that there must be another way. As if on cue, I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.'" 
(From The Introduction to A Course in Miracles)

"A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. As a three-volume curriculum consisting of a Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers, it teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. A Course in Miracles also emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum, of which there are "many thousands." Consequently, even though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles therefore is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion."
(From The Foundation for Inner Peace: www.acim.org)

For further information go to: www.acim.org

Listen to the Course on line at: www.acim.org/Digital_Editions/index.html

The Medicine Wheel

What They Are and How to Build One!

"The Medicine Wheel is the circle of life (sometimes referred to as the Sacred Hoop), starting with birth and continuing throughout our lives until death, when we have gone full circle. The Medicine wheel has four directions, each direction offering its own lessons, color, and animal guide. There are two paths shown which cross in the center, at which point, for me, is the heart (for when you work from your heart, you can reach all directions"


Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear) Oglala Lakota 1868 - 1939

The Native American peoples (and all other tribal cultures) recognized their existence in a vibrational universe and incorporated that intuitive awareness on many levels in their day to day life. Hence the importance of having a name that reflected and harmonized the content of their lives with the path they were on became a significant part of the self. Names were given with the promise of a life lived with purpose, a life lived with intention and integrity. As the passage of time and events altered their destiny, new names were taken that were reflective of the transformations they had been through as well as the significant highpoints they had attained. Names reflected the vibration of the soul. 

​During this current renaissance of tribal awareness many individuals are looking for ways to return to more traditional values and recover their tribal heritage... Onefeather offers some of the "old ways" to modern society as a way to bridge past and future.

The Native American Naming Ceremony

 A Unique Service Offered by Onefeather

“We did not think of the great open plains, the rolling hills and winding streams with tangled growth as “wild”. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.”
Luther Standing Bear 

Bozho Nikan (Hello Friend: Potawatomi)

 

Welcome to Onefeather Journal



This is the cyber-repository of various writings, interests, and activities of Onefeather (Chris Anderson). My Native American heritage, my spiritual adventures and my social causes are collected here... frequently updated, with interviews and personal ruminations.

Over the last sixty plus years, I have watched as the world has evolved from a conglomeration of separate and uncommunicative cultural islands, to the era of the internet. This has no doubt become a unifying epoch of human awakening, enlightenment and self-discovery. 

​It is my wish that my observations of the journey I've enjoyed through time and evolution be shared and referenced for future ancestors. Hopefully Onefeather Journal will edify and amuse as well as be a source of further bonding between all my fellow pilgrims here on Turtle Island!

​Have fun exploring! Feedback, as well suggestions or connections to relevant additional resources are welcome and may just become an addition to Onefeather Journal!

Onefeather Journal

Earthmaker made the world with trees and fields, with rivers, lakes, and springs, and with hills and valleys. It was beautiful. However, there weren't any humans, and so one day he decided to make some.He scooped out a hole in a stream bank and lined the hole with stones to make a hearth, and he built a fire there. Then he took some clay and made a small figure that he put in the hearth. While it baked, he took some twigs and made tongs. When he pulled the figure out of the fire and had let it cool, he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. Earthmaker nonetheless realized that it was only half-baked. That figure became the white people. 

Earthmaker decided to try again, and so he made another figure and put it on the hearth. This time he took a nap under a tree while the figure baked, and he slept longer than he intended. When he pulled the second figure out of the fire and had let it cool, he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. Earthmaker realized that this figure was overbaked, and it became the black people. 

Earthmaker decided to try one more time. He cleaned the ashes out of the hearth and built a new fire. Then he scooped up some clay and cleaned it of any twigs or leaves, so that it was pure. He made a little figure and put it on the hearth, and this time he sat by the hearth and watched carefully as the figure baked. When this figure was done, he pulled it out of the fire and let it cool. Then he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. This figure was baked just right, and it became the red people.

Two Potawatomi Stories


A Creation Story 

How the Three Nations (Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi) Came to Live Together in Peace

A Potawatomi Creation Story

The red people became many tribes, and they spread across the land. Among these tribes were the Ojibwe, the Ottawa, and the Potawatomi. These three tribes were enemies and fought many battles. One Potawatomi man had ten sons, all of whom were killed in battle. Unbeknownst to him, there was an Ojibwe man who had lost ten sons in these battles, and there was an Ottawa man who had likewise lost ten sons. Each man mourned so much that they wandered away from their tribes, each looking for a place to die in the woods. 

The Ojibwe man walked and walked, and eventually he came to a huge tree. The tree had four long roots stretching to the north, east, south, and west, and four huge branches that extended in the same directions. The tree also had one huge root that ran straight toward the center of the earth, and its center limb ran straight up into the sky. The tree was so beautiful, and the view from under it was so tranquil, that the man forgot his sorrow, and eventually he was happy. 

As the Ojibwe man sat under the tree, he saw another man approaching in the distance. This newcomer was crying as he walked toward the tree, but eventually he saw the tree's beauty and stopped under it. The Ojibwe man said, "I lost ten sons in war and was so heartbroken that I wandered away to die, until I came to this tree. Why have you come here?"

The newcomer, an Ottawa, said, "I too lost ten sons in war, and I lost myself in grief until I came to this place". The two men sat and talked of their troubles. As the two men talked, a third approached weeping. The first two watched as this third came to the tree. When they asked, the third man, a Potawatomi, told how he had lost ten sons in war and had walked in grief until he came to this beautiful place. 

How the Three Nations Came to Dwell Together in Peace

Dorothy Moulding Brown, 1947, Indian Fireside Tales: Madison, Wisconsin Folklore Society, 7 p. Harry H. Anderson, ed., 1992, 
​Myths and Legends of Wisconsin Indians, Milwaukee History, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 2-36. (as available at http://192.206.48.3/wirp/ICW-
The three men talked and realized that their sons had died fighting in the same wars. They concluded that the Great Spirit had brought them together to this tranquil place, where they could hear the spirits speak. They agreed that there had been too much fighting between their tribes, and too much grief. They resolved to go back to their tribes and get them to live in peace. They made three pipes, and each took a pipe of tobacco home to his people as a symbol of peace. 

​Ten days later, the three old men led their people to the great tree. Each man brought wood from which they built a fire together, and they cooked food from each tribe. They filled a pipe and offered its smoke to the Great Spirit above, to the spirits of the four directions, and then downward to the spirit that keeps the earth from sinking into the water. The tribes each smoked from the pipe of peace and ate of the common meal, and their chiefs agreed that they should live in peace. The three old men agreed to a set of rules to preserve the peace and to guide their peoples. This is how the Potawatomi, the Ojibwe, and Ottawa came to live in peace and to intermarry, as one people.
“Listen, for I speak but once... As I gaze across the waters of the shimmering Fox River, I see the smoke of thousands of teepees where I once saw only gentle prairies and lush forests abundant with game.

Many moons ago, my people were among the first voices to be heard in this land. We came to live in peace with nature. We hunted and fished. We married, bore children, and died at our appointed time. The bones of my people mingle here with the earth. We loved this valley.

It was with great sadness that we had to leave our home. We were few and the settlers were many. The spirits of my ancestors have never left this great valley, and occasionally you may glimpse our shadows or feel our presence as we tread silently along the shores of our beloved Fox River.

​Our final prayer as we left our land was that you would love this valley as much as we loved it. We were one with the earth, sky, and water. We were the Neshnabek, the “people” of the valley."

Ekwabet

(Watching Over) Potawatomi

Before any white settlers arrived in the Fox Valley in the early 1830s, the Potawatomi lived along the Fox River. Following their expulsion from their eastern lands, the Fox Valley served as a geographic center for these peoples. The Potawatomi called the Chicago region their home from the 17th century until they were forcibly removed in the 1830s.

The Potawatomi, a name which means "people of the place of fire," lived in the Fox Valley area during the summers and wintered in southern Illinois. These Native Americans left an indelible mark on the land. Evidence of their presence can still be appreciated today: many of the main roads that traverse Western DuPage and the Fox Valley are old Potawatomi trails.

In honor of the rich history of the Potawatomi people, a statue was erected in Pottawatomie Park in 1915. Vandalism during the 1960s damaged the statue beyond repair and it had to be removed. The pieces that remain have been preserved and are on display at the St. Charles History Museum.

​In the 1980s, a new statue dedicated to the memory of the Potawatomi was sculpted and erected. The fifteen-foot bronze statue stands looking westward over the Fox River. Guy Bellaver, the sculptor, described the finished product as a combination of many different Native Americans.

The city dedicated the statue on May 22, 1988. Members of four bands of Potawatomi also came to the dedication. It was at this time that the statue received its name. Potawatomis believe that to name the statue was to give it a protective spirit. They named the statue Ēkwabet, meaning "watching over."


​In 1997 and 1998 I spent about a year living along the Fox River in Saint Charles, Illinois. I often walked along the trails on both sides of the river during all the seasons of the year sensing the presence of my ancestors strolling along with me. I frequently used the experiences had in the nature reserves as a muse for my personal journal and I've posted a few of the "Fox River Stories" here on the website... to read them hit the button to the right.

The Lighting of the Seventh Fire

A Prophecy of Transformation Inspired by a Return to Native American Traditional Values

The Seventh Fire:
Originally, the prophecy and the Ojibwa migration story were closely linked. However, the last half the prophecy appears to apply to all peoples in contact with the Anishinaabeg. Consequently, with the growth of the Pan-Indian Movement in the 1960s and the 1970s, concepts of the Seven Fires Prophecy merged with other similar prophetical teaching found among Indigenous peoples of North America, forming a unified environmental, political, and socio-economic voice towards Canada and the United States. The Seven fires prophecy was originally taught among the practitioners of Midewiwin.

(The common religion of the Ojibway and their confederation with the Ottawa and Potawatomi was “Medawewin” [pronounced Me-Day-Wee-Win].  The Medawe even had their own written language, as evidenced by preserved birch bark scrolls and rock formations.  The Medawewin religion consisted of four degrees or levels wherein initiates learned to use their spiritual abilities for spiritual healing.  Herbalists and surgeons also belonged to the Medawewin.  This may have been the origin of the term “medicine man”, since “Medawewin” sounds very similar to the English words “medicine man”.)


​William Commanda, an Algonquin elder and former chief of the Kitigàn-zìbì Anishinàbeg First Nation in Quebec, Canada, was the wampum belt-keeper for the seven fires prophecy. He died on August 3, 2011.

The prophecy is further supported by similar legends from numerous other First Nation tribes as outlined by

Biwabiko Paddaquahas (Iron Thunderhorse) 

http://acqtc.org/Articles/AlgonquianProphecies 

To more fully explore The Visions of The Seventh Fire... 

The Dance has always been a central part of the culture of Native Americans as both social interaction and a solemn duty. Many dances play vital roles in religious rituals and other ceremonies while others are performed to guarantee the success of hunts, harvests, giving thanks, and other celebrations. 

Generally dances are held in a large structure or in an open field around a fire. Movements of the participants illustrate the purpose of the dance... expressing prayer, victory, thanksgiving, mythology and more. Sometimes a leader is chosen, otherwise a specific individual, such as a tribal chief or medicine man leads the dance.

Many tribes dance only to the sound of a drum and their own voices while others incorporate bells and rattles. Some dances include solos and others include songs with a leader and choir. Participants might include the entire tribe or are specific to men, women, or families. In addition to public dances, there are also private and semi-public dances for healing, prayer, initiation, storytelling, and courtship.

Writings

WHITE BUFFALO WOMAN
By Onefeather  

She went into the woods with three strips of silver rawhide thirty inches long...

Services

Intuitive Tarot & Astrology Tune-Ups

​Chris Anderson (aka Onefeather) has been doing intuitive counseling using Tarot cards and Astrological Chart casting since 1970.
Dr. Charles A. Eastman, born Ohiyesa (Santee Sioux) Chapter 4: Barbarism and the Moral Code, The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation, 1911: "One great difference in our ways is that, like the early Christians, the Indian was a socialist. The tribe claimed the ground, the rivers and the game; only personal property was owned by the individual, and even that, it was considered a shame to greatly increase.

Our Philosophy

Robby Romero

about the environment, indigenous peoples and child rights.

Interview w/

Peter Buffett

Emmy Award winning musician, social activist and son of...

Marcome

(pronounced Mar-ko-may) is a gifted Canadian singer...

Native American

Naming Ceremony

The Latest Edition of ​Onefeather's New Series of Videos on YouTube:
Visions, Dreams and Insights
Visions Dreams and Insights:
Join Onefeather for his random weekly posts in the eclectic series of videos he produces as a resource for his friends and followers. Combining astrology, tarot and vision questing/meditation modalities, Chris brings through updates from The Great Mystery that are often timely reminders or overviews of the constantly shifting energies that we're called to deal with as we advance toward an often veiled and unsure future. 

​Growing up in an environment of tribal consciousness, Onefeather was introduced by his grandfather (a full blood Potawatomi and mystic) to the idea of seeking silence and allowing the Creator to inspire and counsel him. Now, more than sixty years later, he continues to delve more deeply into the realms of Higher Consciousness, seeking enlightenment with the sole desire of implementing and sharing a life that is crafted by the Presence that he spends time with on a daily basis. 

​Subscribe to his YouTube channel and receive notices whenever he posts a new video that will bring focus and advance notice of fluctuations in the Cosmic rhythm of life on planet Earth! 
https://www.youtube.com/user/wonefeather
Friend him on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chris.onefeather
Find him on Google + at: Chris Anderson Onefeather

The Latest Edition of Onefeather's collaboration with Barret Hedeen on YouTube


The Miracle Within

The Miracle Within
Based on A Course in Miracles:


​Join Onefeather and his study friend Barret Hedeen for these weekly discussions about A Course in Miracles. Both Barret and Chris have been devoted students of the Course for a multitude of years, searching for deeper insight into it's simple yet profound meaning. This weekly video journey into what ACIM offers for the individual looking for a more peaceful way of approaching and expressing life is filled with insight and practical information.

"A Course in Miracles began with the sudden decision of two people to join in a common goal. Their names were Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. It does not matter who they were, except that the story shows that with God all things are possible. They were anything but spiritual. Their relationship with each other was difficult and often strained, and they were concerned with personal and professional acceptance and status. In general, they had considerable investment in the values of the world. Their lives were hardly in accord with anything that the Course advocates. Helen, the one who received the material, describes herself: 'Psychologist, educator, conservative in theory and atheistic in belief. I was working in a prestigious and highly academic setting. And then something happened that triggered a chain of events I could never have predicted. The head of my department unexpectedly announced that he was tired of the angry and aggressive feelings our attitudes reflected, and concluded that there must be another way. As if on cue, I agreed to help him find it. Apparently this Course is the other way.'" 
(From The Introduction to A Course in Miracles)

"A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. As a three-volume curriculum consisting of a Text, Workbook for Students, and Manual for Teachers, it teaches that the way to universal love and peace—or remembering God—is by undoing guilt through forgiving others. The Course thus focuses on the healing of relationships and making them holy. A Course in Miracles also emphasizes that it is but one version of the universal curriculum, of which there are "many thousands." Consequently, even though the language of the Course is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a non-sectarian, non-denominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles therefore is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion."
(From The Foundation for Inner Peace: www.acim.org)

For further information go to: www.acim.org

Listen to the Course on line at: www.acim.org/Digital_Editions/index.html

The Medicine Wheel

What They Are and How to Build One!

"The Medicine Wheel is the circle of life (sometimes referred to as the Sacred Hoop), starting with birth and continuing throughout our lives until death, when we have gone full circle. The Medicine wheel has four directions, each direction offering its own lessons, color, and animal guide. There are two paths shown which cross in the center, at which point, for me, is the heart (for when you work from your heart, you can reach all directions"


Ota Kte (Luther Standing Bear) Oglala Lakota 1868 - 1939

The Native American peoples (and all other tribal cultures) recognized their existence in a vibrational universe and incorporated that intuitive awareness on many levels in their day to day life. Hence the importance of having a name that reflected and harmonized the content of their lives with the path they were on became a significant part of the self. Names were given with the promise of a life lived with purpose, a life lived with intention and integrity. As the passage of time and events altered their destiny, new names were taken that were reflective of the transformations they had been through as well as the significant highpoints they had attained. Names reflected the vibration of the soul. 

​During this current renaissance of tribal awareness many individuals are looking for ways to return to more traditional values and recover their tribal heritage... Onefeather offers some of the "old ways" to modern society as a way to bridge past and future.

The Native American Naming Ceremony

 A Unique Service Offered by Onefeather

“We did not think of the great open plains, the rolling hills and winding streams with tangled growth as “wild”. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.”
Luther Standing Bear 

Bozho Nikan (Hello Friend: Potawatomi)

 

Welcome to Onefeather Journal



This is the cyber-repository of various writings, interests, and activities of Onefeather (Chris Anderson). My Native American heritage, my spiritual adventures and my social causes are collected here... frequently updated, with interviews and personal ruminations.

Over the last sixty plus years, I have watched as the world has evolved from a conglomeration of separate and uncommunicative cultural islands, to the era of the internet. This has no doubt become a unifying epoch of human awakening, enlightenment and self-discovery. 

​It is my wish that my observations of the journey I've enjoyed through time and evolution be shared and referenced for future ancestors. Hopefully Onefeather Journal will edify and amuse as well as be a source of further bonding between all my fellow pilgrims here on Turtle Island!

​Have fun exploring! Feedback, as well suggestions or connections to relevant additional resources are welcome and may just become an addition to Onefeather Journal!

Onefeather Journal

Earthmaker made the world with trees and fields, with rivers, lakes, and springs, and with hills and valleys. It was beautiful. However, there weren't any humans, and so one day he decided to make some.He scooped out a hole in a stream bank and lined the hole with stones to make a hearth, and he built a fire there. Then he took some clay and made a small figure that he put in the hearth. While it baked, he took some twigs and made tongs. When he pulled the figure out of the fire and had let it cool, he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. Earthmaker nonetheless realized that it was only half-baked. That figure became the white people. 

Earthmaker decided to try again, and so he made another figure and put it on the hearth. This time he took a nap under a tree while the figure baked, and he slept longer than he intended. When he pulled the second figure out of the fire and had let it cool, he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. Earthmaker realized that this figure was overbaked, and it became the black people. 

Earthmaker decided to try one more time. He cleaned the ashes out of the hearth and built a new fire. Then he scooped up some clay and cleaned it of any twigs or leaves, so that it was pure. He made a little figure and put it on the hearth, and this time he sat by the hearth and watched carefully as the figure baked. When this figure was done, he pulled it out of the fire and let it cool. Then he moved its limbs and breathed life into it, and it walked away. This figure was baked just right, and it became the red people.

Two Potawatomi Stories


A Creation Story 

How the Three Nations (Ojibwe, Ottawa and Potawatomi) Came to Live Together in Peace

A Potawatomi Creation Story

The red people became many tribes, and they spread across the land. Among these tribes were the Ojibwe, the Ottawa, and the Potawatomi. These three tribes were enemies and fought many battles. One Potawatomi man had ten sons, all of whom were killed in battle. Unbeknownst to him, there was an Ojibwe man who had lost ten sons in these battles, and there was an Ottawa man who had likewise lost ten sons. Each man mourned so much that they wandered away from their tribes, each looking for a place to die in the woods. 

The Ojibwe man walked and walked, and eventually he came to a huge tree. The tree had four long roots stretching to the north, east, south, and west, and four huge branches that extended in the same directions. The tree also had one huge root that ran straight toward the center of the earth, and its center limb ran straight up into the sky. The tree was so beautiful, and the view from under it was so tranquil, that the man forgot his sorrow, and eventually he was happy. 

As the Ojibwe man sat under the tree, he saw another man approaching in the distance. This newcomer was crying as he walked toward the tree, but eventually he saw the tree's beauty and stopped under it. The Ojibwe man said, "I lost ten sons in war and was so heartbroken that I wandered away to die, until I came to this tree. Why have you come here?"

The newcomer, an Ottawa, said, "I too lost ten sons in war, and I lost myself in grief until I came to this place". The two men sat and talked of their troubles. As the two men talked, a third approached weeping. The first two watched as this third came to the tree. When they asked, the third man, a Potawatomi, told how he had lost ten sons in war and had walked in grief until he came to this beautiful place. 

How the Three Nations Came to Dwell Together in Peace

Dorothy Moulding Brown, 1947, Indian Fireside Tales: Madison, Wisconsin Folklore Society, 7 p. Harry H. Anderson, ed., 1992, 
​Myths and Legends of Wisconsin Indians, Milwaukee History, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 2-36. (as available at http://192.206.48.3/wirp/ICW-
The three men talked and realized that their sons had died fighting in the same wars. They concluded that the Great Spirit had brought them together to this tranquil place, where they could hear the spirits speak. They agreed that there had been too much fighting between their tribes, and too much grief. They resolved to go back to their tribes and get them to live in peace. They made three pipes, and each took a pipe of tobacco home to his people as a symbol of peace. 

​Ten days later, the three old men led their people to the great tree. Each man brought wood from which they built a fire together, and they cooked food from each tribe. They filled a pipe and offered its smoke to the Great Spirit above, to the spirits of the four directions, and then downward to the spirit that keeps the earth from sinking into the water. The tribes each smoked from the pipe of peace and ate of the common meal, and their chiefs agreed that they should live in peace. The three old men agreed to a set of rules to preserve the peace and to guide their peoples. This is how the Potawatomi, the Ojibwe, and Ottawa came to live in peace and to intermarry, as one people.
“Listen, for I speak but once... As I gaze across the waters of the shimmering Fox River, I see the smoke of thousands of teepees where I once saw only gentle prairies and lush forests abundant with game.

Many moons ago, my people were among the first voices to be heard in this land. We came to live in peace with nature. We hunted and fished. We married, bore children, and died at our appointed time. The bones of my people mingle here with the earth. We loved this valley.

It was with great sadness that we had to leave our home. We were few and the settlers were many. The spirits of my ancestors have never left this great valley, and occasionally you may glimpse our shadows or feel our presence as we tread silently along the shores of our beloved Fox River.

​Our final prayer as we left our land was that you would love this valley as much as we loved it. We were one with the earth, sky, and water. We were the Neshnabek, the “people” of the valley."

Ekwabet

(Watching Over) Potawatomi

Before any white settlers arrived in the Fox Valley in the early 1830s, the Potawatomi lived along the Fox River. Following their expulsion from their eastern lands, the Fox Valley served as a geographic center for these peoples. The Potawatomi called the Chicago region their home from the 17th century until they were forcibly removed in the 1830s.

The Potawatomi, a name which means "people of the place of fire," lived in the Fox Valley area during the summers and wintered in southern Illinois. These Native Americans left an indelible mark on the land. Evidence of their presence can still be appreciated today: many of the main roads that traverse Western DuPage and the Fox Valley are old Potawatomi trails.

In honor of the rich history of the Potawatomi people, a statue was erected in Pottawatomie Park in 1915. Vandalism during the 1960s damaged the statue beyond repair and it had to be removed. The pieces that remain have been preserved and are on display at the St. Charles History Museum.

​In the 1980s, a new statue dedicated to the memory of the Potawatomi was sculpted and erected. The fifteen-foot bronze statue stands looking westward over the Fox River. Guy Bellaver, the sculptor, described the finished product as a combination of many different Native Americans.

The city dedicated the statue on May 22, 1988. Members of four bands of Potawatomi also came to the dedication. It was at this time that the statue received its name. Potawatomis believe that to name the statue was to give it a protective spirit. They named the statue Ēkwabet, meaning "watching over."


​In 1997 and 1998 I spent about a year living along the Fox River in Saint Charles, Illinois. I often walked along the trails on both sides of the river during all the seasons of the year sensing the presence of my ancestors strolling along with me. I frequently used the experiences had in the nature reserves as a muse for my personal journal and I've posted a few of the "Fox River Stories" here on the website... to read them hit the button to the right.

The Lighting of the Seventh Fire

A Prophecy of Transformation Inspired by a Return to Native American Traditional Values

The Seventh Fire:
Originally, the prophecy and the Ojibwa migration story were closely linked. However, the last half the prophecy appears to apply to all peoples in contact with the Anishinaabeg. Consequently, with the growth of the Pan-Indian Movement in the 1960s and the 1970s, concepts of the Seven Fires Prophecy merged with other similar prophetical teaching found among Indigenous peoples of North America, forming a unified environmental, political, and socio-economic voice towards Canada and the United States. The Seven fires prophecy was originally taught among the practitioners of Midewiwin.

(The common religion of the Ojibway and their confederation with the Ottawa and Potawatomi was “Medawewin” [pronounced Me-Day-Wee-Win].  The Medawe even had their own written language, as evidenced by preserved birch bark scrolls and rock formations.  The Medawewin religion consisted of four degrees or levels wherein initiates learned to use their spiritual abilities for spiritual healing.  Herbalists and surgeons also belonged to the Medawewin.  This may have been the origin of the term “medicine man”, since “Medawewin” sounds very similar to the English words “medicine man”.)


​William Commanda, an Algonquin elder and former chief of the Kitigàn-zìbì Anishinàbeg First Nation in Quebec, Canada, was the wampum belt-keeper for the seven fires prophecy. He died on August 3, 2011.

The prophecy is further supported by similar legends from numerous other First Nation tribes as outlined by

Biwabiko Paddaquahas (Iron Thunderhorse) 

http://acqtc.org/Articles/AlgonquianProphecies 

To more fully explore The Visions of The Seventh Fire... 

The Dance has always been a central part of the culture of Native Americans as both social interaction and a solemn duty. Many dances play vital roles in religious rituals and other ceremonies while others are performed to guarantee the success of hunts, harvests, giving thanks, and other celebrations. 

Generally dances are held in a large structure or in an open field around a fire. Movements of the participants illustrate the purpose of the dance... expressing prayer, victory, thanksgiving, mythology and more. Sometimes a leader is chosen, otherwise a specific individual, such as a tribal chief or medicine man leads the dance.

Many tribes dance only to the sound of a drum and their own voices while others incorporate bells and rattles. Some dances include solos and others include songs with a leader and choir. Participants might include the entire tribe or are specific to men, women, or families. In addition to public dances, there are also private and semi-public dances for healing, prayer, initiation, storytelling, and courtship.