It’s my last night in the US and I am sitting at the kitchen table of Earl and Aisha Meshigaud in Bark River, Michigan. Earl is the Kitchta – spiritual leader – and head of the cultural center of the Potowatomi tribe in the Upper Peninsula of Lake Michigan. Outside on a hilltop, framed in the prairie lands, the Wobanon, the ceremonial lodge, is catching the last golden rays of the day.
Earl makes it a point that it is unjust to see the indigenous ways as a religion.
It is a way of life. Ceremonies are a way of maintaining and restoring the relations to all that is living.
Aisha continues her husband’s teachings about the quintessential role of the woman in the ceremonies.
We may have given up our voice but we have never let go of our power.
‘Our power is to get – and bring others…
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