Talk:Anishinaabe traditional beliefs

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This page is titled to indicate that it's about mythology, but the first paragraph is about the people. That could use some cleanup. -Harmil 17:29, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

Some other things to include[edit]

This is partly just a note to myself since I need to go to bed but I'll forget this otherwise:

  • Dawn Society Expanded a bit more with a link to the main articleCJLippert (talk) 16:45, 19 May 2010 (UTC)
  • Misaabe
  • More on the manitous Expanded a bit more, but now contains a link to the main article. CJLippert (talk) 23:56, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • The Great Flood story and the recreation of the earth on Turtle's back
  • More on the origin and purpose of the Midewiwin Expanded a bit more, but now contains a link to the main article. CJLippert (talk) 15:52, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • The importance of asemaa (?) Expanded a bit more; maybe should add "Ceremonial Use" section in the Tobacco article. CJLippert (talk) 23:56, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Those...those guys who yelled when nibiinaabeg were around, to warn people? Johnston mentions them a few times, I think. I'll have to check (and see what their name is)
  • Add back in stuff on the significance of the four directions (?)
  • Better description of Nookomis and of "Mother Earth"
  • Bagwajiwinini(wag?) (I'm not clear on who he/they is/are, though)

--Miskwito 06:37, 23 March 2007 (UTC)


Whis is Wabun redirected here? Please clarify Goldenrowley 02:54, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Waaban is the East(-wind). Miskwito above had mentioned about adding back in the four wind directions. It seems we have not gotten back to that, other than the Gaa-biboonikaan and the E-bangishimog. So, I guess we need to work on both Waaban and Zhaawanong still, and start an article for E-bangishimog. CJLippert 13:19, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

Please avoid pan-Indianism with ideas about "4 Sacred Medicines" and such. Ever medicine is sacred and there are thousands. These ideas are erroneous and most often the result of people like Eddie Benton just making things up for their own posterity. Benton has perverted the Midewewin and real, old, traditional Midewewin will have nothing to do with him. White Sage is not Native to any Anishinabek territory, save for the Plains Ojibway and obviously, was only used after their encounters with the Dakota. The use of Sage to smudge is an error many "born again" Indians make as well as burning it in an Abalone shell which is not native to any Anishinabek territory either. West coast elders will tell you the shell is not to be burned in as it is for water ceremonies.. Cedar and Sweetgrass were the most commonly used in any "smudging" and it did not need to be ceremonial in Nature.

The Jiisikiwinini is MUCH more than just about the "shaking tent" and any information you find outside of Basil Johnston's vague description should be questioned. It is not discussed publicly like most medicine practices and encompasses far more than just the one ceremony that you described. that's all I will say. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:03, 26 July 2010 (UTC)


  • - Anyone have info on "Meshekenabek" carried off Nanobozho's cousin into a deep lake? -- (talk) 03:13, 8 August 2015 (UTC)