The essence of prayer(s).

PRAYER is an essential part of life.  It is also a way of communicating with the powers of this world and the next.  Communication with the unseen is an essential thing for all of us.  It is the stuff of faith, what faith is built on, it creates trust between God and man.

Prayer must be spontaneous, coming from deep within, not memorized, but allowed to flow freely from the heart.  This is why one’s natural language, like Potawatomi, plays such an important part in that communication.  When one speaks to the universe and all that is contained therein, in one’s native language, it can be said that all of heaven listens and responds.

Prayers would follow a format –

                Acknowledgement of Mamogosnan

Various names of same

                Acknowledgement of powers     (13 powers)

                Recognition of :

                                Thunders

                                Rain

                                Snow

                                Winds

                Recognition of Grandmother Earth, Mother Earth, Daughter Earth

                The world and all of its plant life;

                All animals

                Weather and its many conditions

                Being thankful for all things

Morning Prayers

Evening Prayers

Prayer for Food

Prayers for the Sick

Traveling Prayers

Ceremonial Prayers

Altar Prayers

Water Prayers

Prayers for all of life

                Two Legged        and                        Fire

                Four Legged       and                        Rock

                Creeping Crawling Things   and   Water

                Winged Nations     and                   Green

Planting Prayers

Harvest Prayers

Prayers for Harvesting Medicine

                Songs were sung – Songs are Prayers

Universe Songs

                Sun

                                Moon

                                                Stars

                                                                Other Planets/Stars

Special Ceremonial Songs

                Doctoring Songs

                Calling Songs

                Appearing Songs

                Demonstration Songs

                Honor Songs

                Medicine Songs

                Thank You Songs

                Acknowledgement Songs

                Departing Songs

Fasting Songs

Many other types of songs went along with Prayers

Each animal                                                                                                                       

Each plant                                                                                                           Had songs.

Each bird

Eternal Past                                                                                                        Death Songs

Eternal Present                                                                                                 Funerary Songs

Eternal future

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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