After creating Aki, the World, GICHI-MANIDOO, the Great Mystery, spoke to the Awesiinhyag (Animals) about the importance of mino-bimaadiziwin, or living a life according to the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Gimishoomisinaan Migizi, Our Grandfather the White-headed Eagle, became thereupon inspired by these words and he told Great Mystery that he, since his feathers symbolized the intermediate region between things of the spirit world and the earth, would like his feather to be gifted to the Anishinaabe person who was the most brave and guided the most by the Teachings.
Migizi’s generous offer prompted GICHI-MANIDOO to tell the Anishinaabeg of the teachings of the feather. It instructed the Elders of the Nation about the importance of young adolescents engaging in what would become the most vital of human ventures: waaseyaabindam, the quest for life-guiding visions. It also instructed them that no Eagle be harmed for their feathers were manidoog (spirits) in themselves, and that whenever a person saw an Eagle fly overhead, this mighty spirit-bird must be honored with asemaa (sacred tobacco) in hand. GICHI-MANIDOO added that any person, no matter what age, living their life according to the Seven Teachings would be gifted with a feather...
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