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Session 3

Session 3
101: Why do we do Offerings of Tobacco?

Tobacco was initially used by Indigenous people in ceremonies such as the Pipe Ceremony. Indigenous people have known that the Creator provided this powerful medicine to Indigenous people on this continent. Tobacco was used in smoking Ceremonial pipes and in Smudge bowl offerings and other ceremonies such as the Sweat Lodge and others.

What about the additives being added to tobacco to make it more addictive?

In Advanced classes, the learner will learn about the process of “Transmutation”, which is used to restore the original qualities of the tobacco that is used in Indigenous ceremonies.

The learner will be shown the process of using invocations to cleanse the tobacco from harmful additives so that is it best suited for Indigenous ceremonies:

  • Identify and apply steps to using tobacco in a ceremonial manner vs regular or personal use.

  • Describe how your attitude can affect your learning about the sacred use of tobacco.

  • Identify and apply steps to using and disposing of tobacco.

It is customary for the speaker to introduce themselves using their English names and their traditional names before a ceremony. What is a Name Giving Ceremony? What are the myths and beliefs of the process of stating traditional names in public? Where is your Spirit located in your body?

The learner will be able to describe how and why they have chosen their personal self- Introduction method and techniques.

  • Explain how a Spirit Name is obtained if desired; and where is your Spirit located?

  • Protocols and methods of obtaining Spirit Names for others.

  • Identify and apply steps to feeling comfortable in using your own Spirit Name in ceremonies.

LEVEL 201: Introduction to the Grand/Father/Mother Teachings

The Great Spirit gave the Grand/fathers/mothers,  the responsibility to watch over the Anishinabe people. A child was taken around the world for 7 years to learn the Anishinabe way of life. Upon the return the youth  shared the 7 teachings of; Truth, Humility, Respect, Love,  Honesty, Bravery, Wisdom and the 8 Anishinaabeg Teachings.  (Handouts will be provided to each Learner)


The learner will be able to describe what they have experienced with their  personal stones in the Medicine Wheel;


  1. Learn the meaning of the following 7 Teachings;

  2. Debwewin – Truth

  3. Dabasendiziwin – Humility

  4. Manaajiidiwin – Respect

  5. Zaagiidiwin – Love

  6. Gwayakwaadiziwin – Honesty,

  7. Zoongiidewin – Bravery

  8. Nibwaakaawin – Wisdom

  9. 8 Anishinaabeg Teachings

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