Ningwakwe Learning Press acknowledges and respects the various teachings from the unique First Nation groups found all across Canada. The stories and teachings expressed in each of our books are one author’s viewpoint. We encourage you to explore the individual cultures of your own geographical area as you share in these traditional teachings.
“The Medicine Wheel is the circle of life, sometimes referred to as the ‘sacred hoop’. It starts with birth, continues throughout our lives until death, when we have gone full circle. The Medicine Wheel has four directions. Each direction offers its own lessons, colour and animal guide. There are two intersecting paths shown which meet in the centre, at which point — for me — is the heart (for when you work from your heart, you can reach all directions).” ~ Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux
The Ancestors tell us that there are specific aspects for each stage of our lives, starting in the East when we are born. As children, we go through many changes, especially physically. As we reach the teen stage, we continue to change physically and mentally, but we also begin to understand our place in our community. As adults, we take more responsibility for that place, and changes slow down. Once we reach the Elder stage, we slow down more and begin. This allows us to share what we have learned over the other stages of our lives. When we die, our being is returned to the Natural World. This Cycle of Life also occurs in the Natural World. The seasons, the waxing and waning of Grandmother Moon and the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly are all examples of this Cycle of Life.
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