Egret Manitou ~ Ojibway (Chippewa)

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Egret Manitou ~ Ojibway (Chippewa)

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Egret Manitou ~ Ojibway (Chippewa)

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"Egrets are associated with peace and harmony by many tribes, and play the role of mediator or wise elder in some legends. In southern tribes like the Cherokee, egret feathers were associated with peace and were worn by diplomats and ball players (as opposed to eagle feathers, which were worn by warriors.)"~native-languages.org

 

 

Manitou is the Ojibway (or Chippewa) word for Spirit or Mystery.  As the Great Spirit manifests itself in myriad forms, each unique manifestation, including plant, animal and mineral, is endowed with and inseparable from this Spirit.  Also, Manitou can be interpreted as meaning “Magic or "Medicine," in the sense that some people, places, objects, etc. seem to possess a greater concentration of this spirit (or creative energy) than others, such as a sacred ritual object or a favorite seashell.  It is akin to the reservoir of concentrated essence or power that is referred to as 'Mana' in some pagan European cultures, and is believed to pervade the whole world. A Manitou may also be an actual spirit entity (inorganic being?) whom on occasion will take on a physical (human or animal) form in order to teach us foolish people a lesson. Thus, "Little Spirits" and the inspiration for our pieces.   The term Manitou is also synonymous with the word Faerie. Of a different continent, culture and language, both refer to the hidden world behind this one, the denizens of that world, and the magic and mischief they wrought in our world. If an object could be said to express the 'genus loci' or intelligence and memories of a place, the Manitou’s are very definitely 'Minnesota'.