The Original People

Much can be said for the First or Original People, Inhabitants of this Turtle Island. With the creation of the original Neshnabe came the sounds he/she was to make to communicate his/her needs to the God who made him/her. We spoke at one time of some of those beginning sounds but that lesson was only scratching the surface. The data regarding who we are, what we are, where we came from, and where we are going again is vast. Original man was a superhuman creation and became the prototype for what we are today as a people. We have digressed into what we are today and much of the search that goes on presently, with fasting, language learning, cultural searches, and the like are all about reassembling what we once had. The modern world of Neshnabek do not understand much of this today though, as most of them have become thoroughly colonized within the framework of the modern world. So, our old people told us when we see the people of the future about the business of learning their language and culture, they are merely searching for their belly buttons; i.e., the Intuitive Way, The way of the belly button. Etesewen in Bodewadmimwen. When a person was born in the days of yesteryear, the umbilical cord was saved for about 4 years and kept in a special bag for the child, when the child reached its 4th or 5th year, it was buried safely and carefully, as the child would come looking for it one day, which many of you are doing……I shall speak of these things on a deeper level someday soon for one of the classes……

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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