SACRED ITMES AND BUNDLES
When we carry secred items, we carry them with the recognition that everything in Creation has spirit, including the animals and plants, the rocks, the water, the moon and the stars. Even one feather of a bird has spirit. When we carry a feather in our bundle and use it for our personal prayers and in ceremony, we are calling on the spirit of that bird for help and guidance.
The pipe itslef represents the woman and man, the bowl representing the woman, the stem, the man. The pipe was given to Native people as a way of communicating with the Creator; a direct link is formed. When the pipe is smoked or touched, people are putting their thoughts and prayers into it.
The drum is the heartbeat of our people; its the heartbeat of life. We live the first nine months of our lives within our mothers and we listen to the heartbeat; it sets the pattern of existence.
There are various types of drumsticks. Some people refer to the drumstick as being part of the Thunderbirds. Other teachings say the drumstick is the arm of the Great Spriti who gives us a heart beat.
It is said that before the Creator made everyone, the universe was in darkness and the only sound was the sound that a shaker makes, the shaking if seeds in a gourd.
The spirits are drawn in when many people use their shakers as they sing a song.
The eagle is one of the ones who is closest to the Creator because he can fly so high and he spoke for the people.
In the old ways, if you did something remarkable for your people you had the right to an eagle feather. If a warrior proved himself in battle, facing an enemy, he received a feather.
Today, the greatest enemy Native people face is alcohol and drugs. If you are in battle with one of these, you are in battle for your life. When you overcome alcohol or drugs, you have won that battle and you become a warrior.
You earn an eagle feather and you have to live by it. It is a high honour to receive an eagle feather.
The Metis sash, when presented in the same way as the eagle, is also the highest honour that can be received.
The President of both Metis Transit Ltd and Metis Community Development Corporation was honoured with the Metis sash for the on-going work being done with both companies.
SACRED BUNDLESMany First Nations people who follow their Tranditional Teachings will have sacred items to help and gudie them.
A sacred bundle can consist of one or many sacred items. It can be the little tobacco puch that someone wears around their neck or it can be the items that the spirits have given to a person to carry for the people.
RESPECTING AND HONOURING SACRED ITEMS AND BUNDLESSome people display their sacred items in a special room on an altar. Others keep them in the bundle until they are ready to use in a ceremony. Some leave their feathers out as these may have been given to them to create calmness in the home.
People feast their sacred items four times a year with the seasons or twice a year in the spring and fall. Some people feast them every time they do a ceremony.