Enagdewendemyan ngom

Some thoughts today.
Tradition: the handing down of statements, customs, information, religious instructions, a body of knowledge representing belief systems, etc., from one generation to another generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Something that has been handed-down, or a long established or inherited way of thinking or acting.

Tradition can be explained in a variety of different ways, but it cannot be changed, for then it would no longer be tradition.
A traditional then, is one who practices the tradition they have been taught or trained in. Remember, tradition cannot be changed to suit anyone’s purpose.
Tradition is not something that can be mixed with anything else, accordingly, to some. Why then do some so called traditional people mix what they supposedly believe with the elements of alcohol, drugs, and the beliefs of such societies, for they indeed become learned behaviours, over a period of time. Some of us shall never understand why some folks drink and do drugs, which is very damaging to the traditional belief system, and still attempt to teach and run ceremonies.

Another thing, a traditional is someone who is supposed to speak in their original tongue, and yet many of these offering teachings, criticisms to others, the performance of ceremonies, often cannot speak their language fluently at all. One is supposed to be able to call in the Spirit/spirits by the use of that target language, sing the songs in that language, and conduct the entire process in the target language of their group. Those spirits whom the God sends in to assist one in the performance of a given ceremony speak in the target language of a specific group, not in English.

I have heard some become critical of others saying they were traditional and yet participate in Christian ceremonies as well. Many of our people have become Christian and still choose to speak their language and perform the standards of their traditional ceremonies as well. Manitoulin Island and much of Canada is this way, and America is not far behind.
In addition, ceremonies are still conducted in the Native Tongues of these groups. Song services or hymns, liturgies and the like are performed in the Native Tongues too, as well as scriptural readings and blessings. I have personally been to many of these types of ceremonies, for that is what they are called and conducted as, by the target groups performing them. I have come away blessed and feeling very close to the Spirit, close and at one with the people, and very much at ease with the proceedings of the whole event.

I am one of these Traditional and Christian believers, I make no bones about it. We don’t smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, commit fornication or adultery, don’t believe in any unseemly sexual acts between men and women, your families and children can feel safe with us. We pay our taxes like everyone else, work hard, and you’ll not hear us swearing every other word that comes forth from our mouths. That is not pleasing to the Spirit of God, never has been, and never will among Traditional Practitioners.

My Elders never committed any of those acts of sin, and while I was growing up, I never heard any of those elders swear or say anything bad about women, as I do today. Much of what I read on FaceBook, I tend to block out and have distanced myself from people who insist on using foul language on the Internet.

Ehengh Bodewadmi ndaw mine emendokasyan pene she ebodewadmimyan ebidgeyan zhi mendokasgemek anake waka’egan wegwenshe ebidgewat gi neshnabek emadmowat nake ekigdowat o Geshemnedo…..

Let those who critique these type of beliefs come and do it in the language of our people, not in English. When we were children, we were not to throw sticks at anyone else, less we become like them.We were told that!

Iw enajmoyan
Nin se Neaseno.

Author: neaseno

I was born on Powers Bluff in Wood County, Wisconsin, into a traditional community of Neshnabek. I was raised speaking only native languages, and learned to speak English upon entering school at the age of 6. As of this writing, I am one of 5 remaining Heritage Fluent Speakers of Potawatomi.

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