Following Geertz (1973), indigenous knowledge is learned from the inside, from indigenous philosophers in Ashinabi language and while sitting in the Midewewin
Readers will journey with Frenchie as she finds the courage to call upon and use the resources available to her: the support and love of family, friends, and community…and most of all, her own extraordinary inner power, which is finally brought to full flower with the help of a Midewewin
medicine man and his sacred megis shells.
I don't have trouble saying to anybody I'm a Christian and I'm also a member of the Sundance and Midewewin
," said Kinew.
Indian Camp" exposes that weakness through a confrontation between the medical practices of Doctor Adams and the Ojibway healing rituals associated with the Midewewin
As Kitty Bell, a member of the midewewin (medicine society) told me: "It was always there.
Understandably, the community dismissed these plans and turned to books on church architecture and to their own traditional structures--especially the wigwam, sweat lodge, midewewin lodge, shaking tent and powwow arbor.
The blue background signifies spiritual power--especially within the midewewin or medicine society and the yellow, black and red are directional colors on the medicine wheel: yellow is East/knowledge, red is South/new life and black is West/cleansing.
Bell is not a Christian but a committed traditionalist and member of the midewewin society.
Woodland art is distinguished by its indebtedness to shamanic art forms midewewin or medicine society mnemonic birchbark scrolls and rock paintings), including x-ray techniques, cross-hatching, a distinct form line, and specific symbolic forms such as circles, heart and head lines, and ovoid shapes often filled with dots.
The heart line is a stylistic element drawn from midewewin (medicine society) birchbark scrolls and denotes a connection between the seat of the soul and speech.
The three birds and three circles at the top are at once symbolic of the trinity and of ancestors/messengers, the circles recalling a central symbol of the midewewin, and one that figures most prominently in the work of Leland Bell.
One of his Places of Power/Island Series, "The Spirit of Manitoulin" employs Mishibinijima's individualistic use of the ancient x-ray style so characteristic of the midewewin scrolls and the work of pioneers like Norval Morriseau and Carl Ray.