She Fire. world. asked the young man his name and how he arrived to the Micmac world. Our Origins Origin Stories - Glooscap. Fire held the strength of Ootsitgamoo the Earth. Some people would call it the Creator, but in Mi'gmaq culture it is more about the wonder and unfolding of creation. they would leave his mother and nephew. tools, and shelter. peoples. As a child I recall vividly my dear Nana, Lucy Marie Charles, sharing stories of our Mi’kmaq heritage. the lodge to become very hot. Mi’kmaq people have been living on Turtle Island for over 11,000 years, and as such have influenced Canadian, and specifically Atlantic Canadian culture in many profound ways. The Mi’kmaq Creation Story describes how life began for all things. Directed by Mik’maq artist Phyllis Grant, this cartoon with a message is part of the Talespinners series, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen. This story has been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial and it explains how Micmac people came into existence in North America. The organization of the society is vital to cohesion and survival of the community and respective traditional practices. When Kluskap asked Netawansum where he came from, Netawansum said that while the East wind was blowing hard it had caused the waters of the ocean to become rough and foamy. Naku'set was given the responsibility of watching over the Mi'kmaq world. sweet grass. The young man told Kluskap that his name was Netawansum (neh-dah-wan-sum) and that he was Kluskap's nephew. Creator told Kluskap that if he relied on the strength and power of his nephew he would gain strength and understanding of the world around him. caused the formation of an image of a human body shaped out of sand. Micmac to give honor, respect and thanks to the seven spiritual his fellow Micmac people so that they too could survive in the Micmac He relied on his nephew' s strength and spiritual power. they came upon a young man. tomawey represents Kluskap's grandmother, nephew and mother, and the smoke will be blown in seven directions. roots of the trees and plants will be eaten to honor Glooscap's mother. for seven days. Creation is a mystery that contains everything and is within everything. Glooscap relied on his grandmother for her survival, her knowledge The old woman introduced herself as Nogami. he was tall and physically big. The rich oral tradition of the Mi'kmaq is highlighted in four fascinating stories - stories of power and magic that provide insight into the culture of this First Nation from Canada's east coast. Wsitqamu'k refers to the Mi'kmaq world which encompasses all the area where the Mi'kmaq people can travel or have She was also bringing strength and understanding; strength to withstand Earth's natural forces, and understanding of the Mi'kmaq world, its animals, and her children, the Mi'kmaq. The tobacco will be smoked in pipe made from a branch elements. Glooscap's final instruction to his mother told her how to collect He asked In all he gave his heartfelt thanks which included animals, plants and fellow humans. center where up to twenty-one rocks could be placed. The Mi’kmaq Creation Story describes how life began for all things. Kluskap learned that mutual respect of his family and the world around him was a key ingredient for basic survival. The Creation Story establishes the morals, principles, and values between the Mi’kmaq and their environment. 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