Teachings & Traditions Tuesday: Sweat Lodge

(1) The Sweat Lodge has been called ‘the most powerful structure in the world’. It is a place specifically constructed to conduct ceremony. Sweats vary from purification, and cleansing to healing sweats. It is said that the Sweat Lodge during ceremony responds to what the participants need.  Other types of sweats include clan sweats such [...]

Teachings & Traditions: Grandmother Moon

Indigenous People know that everything in Creation has a spirit. The plants, the trees, the wind, the rocks and the mountains all have spirits. The sky world, including the moon and other planets also have spirits. All of these are apart of our First Family, the natural world.  The Moon is called Nookomis Giizis which [...]

A Tribe Called Beauty 2018 Year In Review

Now that 2018 has come to a close and we are starting a fresh new year, I thought this would be a good time to look back at some of my favourite articles posted and new series that were created for A Tribe Called Beauty in 2018. In no way will these be in order [...]

Teachings & Traditions: The Four Sacred Medicines + Smudging Ceremony

Last week’s Teachings & Traditions post was on the Medicine Wheel which contains the Four Sacred Medicines in its Four Directions, North, South, East and West. I thought I’d share more about the Four Sacred Medicines in this weeks Teachings and Traditions seeing as these medicines play a vital role in our culture. The four [...]

Teachings & Traditions Tuesday: The Medicine Wheel

"The circle of the Medicine Wheel represents represents harmony with nature and with all our relatives. The earth turns in a circle, and the birds make their nests in circles; the Anishnaabe dance in a circle, and the four seasons of life: childhood, youth, middle age and elder hood, form the circle of life. The [...]

Teachings & Traditions Tuesday: The Eagle Feather

To be given an Eagle Feather is the highest honour that can be awarded within Indigenous culture. Both Bald and Golden Eagles are highly revered and considered sacred. They are honoured with great care and shown the deepest respect. They represent honesty, truth, majesty, strength, courage, wisdom, power and freedom. As they roam the sky, [...]

Teaching & Traditions Tuesday: The Native Hand Drum

The drum echoes the heartbeat of our mothers. It is a symbol of life on Earth. Drums are made from the skins of animals that gave their lives so that we may make and play drums. Rawhide is stretched over a wooden frame, the size and thickness can vary, this gives each drum a distinct [...]