Ojibwe culture, tradition and ceremony has always been passed from generation to generation by an oral means. Most commonly stories have been used to convey messages from one generation to the next. Just as the oral traditions of the Ojibwe have assisted in the survival of the Ojibwe history, so has the oral traditions been used to pass on warnings and visions of the future.
The Prophecy of the 7 Fires
The Seven Fires Prophecy is an Ojibwe prophecy that encourages the union of all for colours of the human race to ensure a kinship that will lead to peace and harmony. The prophecy warns that without a union of the earth's people the earth will cleanse itself.
White Buffalo Calf Prophecy
Chief Arvol Looking Horse from the Lakota Sioux Nation shares the prophecy surrounding the White Buffalo Calf. Like the Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) prophecy of the 7 fires, the White Buffalo Calf prophecy speaks of warning to the survival of the human race.
It is important to First Nations Peoples across America to head these warnings to ensure the survival of our future generations.
The Prophecy of the Seven Fires
"This is a retelling of the Great Migration of the Anishinaabe peoples from the Atlantic coast. Seven great radiant and iridescent Miigis (symbolized by the cowry shell) beings appeared to the peoples in the Waabanakiing (Land of the Dawn, i.e. Eastern Land) to teach the people.
As told by Tom Dostou, July 11, 2000based on the Teachings of his Teacher William Commanda(1913-2011).
In 1970 William Commanda was appointed keeper of three Algonquin wampum belts: the 1701 Agreement belt, the Seven Fires Prophesy belt (c1400) and the 1794 Jay Treaty Border Crossing belt and he began to teach the meaning of the wampum belts to bridge the gap between cultures. “We must come together with one heart, one mind, one love and one determination,” he said."
Teachings of the Seven Prophets:
The Seven Fires
"The source for this story is The Mishomis book : the voice of the Ojibway
by: Edward Benton-Banai."
Seven Fires Prophecy
"The 7 Fires Prophecy is an oral story/history that has been told over millennia. It describes a turbulent time when the Neshnabek [Potawatomi, Odawa and Ojibwe] were visited by 7 prophets. Each prophet spoke of a Fire, prophecy or era that the Neshnabek would have to face and ultimately endure, forever changing their way of life. The prophecies have been interpreted and shaped over the years to help Neshnabek people know who they were in the past, are in the present and will be in the future."
CBC 8th Fire
Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & The Way Forward
"A 500 year old relationship ... coming out of conflict, colonialism and denial.
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Watch 8TH Fire Dispatches from a team of Aboriginal storytellers from across the country."
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