The Grievances of the Clan Guardians

My husband persuaded me to sign up to the Shamanic Practitioner’s Conference that this year is taking place at the “Edge” retreat center just outside Algonquin park.

The organizer had put out a “request” to try and journey to the Loon to find out information about what the subject of this conference is supposed to be!??

I found that somewhat strange, but on the other hand, it then is a participation-driven event and I quite enjoy these better than “workshops” and lectures…

These days my household is quite busy with a good friend staying with us, with Bearpaw, our business, and with clients, patients and students needing attention. So during the day i did not find the time to journey, but in the evening A. and me attended our weekly drum circle and while the group played on the large Grandmother Drum I remembered the journey request the organizer of the thaand closed my eyes:

For me the Loon is inevitably Maang, the “ Ee’ren – or “Manitou” of all the Loons everywhere on Mother Earth.

He also is the Clan Guardian of the Anishinaabe Loon Clans and as such I have had dealings with Him on several previous occasions.

So I was not surprised to find myself immediately in the middle of the primordial waters just after the Great Flood with Nananboojou sitting astride on Gineebik, the Great Underwater Serpent and surrounded by the assembly of Clan Guardians.
2 of my personal Guardians accompanied me and also sat down on the log-like Snake.
I was somehow suspended in the water.
Maang was there too and I had brought a Fish for him as an offering and then presented my request for a Medicine Message to him. He however did not eat the fish but draped it onto the back of Gineebik and addressed me, while all the other Manitous moved closer to listen. There of course also was the Crane, the Marten, the Sturgeon, the Deer, the Bear, the Birds who are the other main Clan Guardians……
Maang spoke in a “grovely picture language” = lots of gravely rough pebbles in and among the images….which were greyish brown and …sad.
It went something like this: I will tell you my message, so you can bring forward my grievances:
There were scenes of people driving loud and smelly motor boats up and down a lakes or waterway and waves were splashing ashore and into a Loon’s nest drenching it….
There was a knotty ball of fishing line with rusty poky hooks littering the lake’s bottom and entangling garbage and debris.
There were these gray lead weights in and among the rocks.
There was a dead loon,bloated and floating in the shallows……………
I felt put on the spot and did not know anything else as to say, other than how sorry I was…
I felt awful!
No sooner had Maang stopped transmitting his message, when Ajechau, the Crane stepped forward and repeated every image Maang had shown me.
There however was also the image of a group of nesting trees being cut down and…..?? The drum group had stopped playing the first rhythm and started talking, but A., with some shamanic experience,  saw, what was going on and started a steady fast trance rhythm, that transported me back to the scene.
But it was to get a lot worse, as next Wabi zashi, the Marten spoke up and showed me a horrrrrrible fur farm – somewhere outside – or near New Liskard, where 2 middle aged men worked. One of them was smoking. Martens, Mink and other fur bearing Brothers and Sisters were transferred into small cages and these cages were then put into an old freezer truck and a hose was attached to the exhaust and into the compartment and then the engine turned on. Then the men left… the horror and suffering that came next made me nauseous and still does again now…..
When the men returned ?? the next day??, they skinned the Marten People and put the carcasses on ice –?? for a business that makes canned cat food…..!!!!!!
The Pelts were to be shipped to Hong Kong.

The Next Manitou that spoke up to me was Wawashesh-shee the Deer.
He showed me a place outside ???Huntsville??? where a butcher works. This man cuts up the Deer and Moose People and prepares their meat for the hunters to take home. But the hunters do not want the legs and the heads and most also do not want the fur. So it is all “dumped” in a remote bush location.
The leader of the Deer Clan wants the people to use the hides!
Like it was done – before……
There is a man, I saw his face and got his name… D. (I will not write THAT here on the internet…)
He would gladly give away the hides free to people!
I again said I was sorry and promised I would tell here, so these hides can hopefully be used.
This is, when Gichi Maqua spoke up and stated, that he has similar grievances:
Nowadays the people hunt his kin for sport, not for food and often do not use the meat for anything other than their dogs. Also the pelts are not used and the head of hunted Bear People are not properly hung into a Tree facing east.
If this continues, illnesses and diseases will come…..
The drum group had again stopped playing and so I did, what I was shown to do in situations like this…..
…there is a certain healing rhythm and chant .. ….
When we slowly and gently stopped drumming, I promised to return to hear the grievances of the Manitou of the Bird Clan later that night……
I found myself back at our drumming location…….
I was a bit shaken and exhausted and F. offered me a cup of hot tea……..
Early yesterday morning I journeyed back to the Place of the Waters and all the Animals were there, waiting.
Somehow I had a can of Tuna and opened it and several large live fish came out. Then occurred it to me, that everyone of the Ee’rens = Manitous eat Fish….
but Wawashesh-shee said, that I was very wrong there. He ate no fish!
Sturgeon spoke up for the Fish Clan and showed me a devastated bottom of a huuuuge river – ? St Laurence near ?? Montreal?? with a thick layer of oily sludge on the bottom that was littered with garbage and large derbies and oil drums and also parts of machines from large boats.
It stank!
Then there was some sort of a barrier in the middle of the river that forced the large Animals to ”rise” = swim higher and into the area where the propellers of large boats would easily hurt them……
…..I could write more grisly details here, but I am upset, as it is, having to type and thereby re-live the vision here. Again I felt humiliated and sad and promised I would speak for the plight of the Fish Clan……
The last Clan I thought would speak up was the Bird Clan People. But the only images I got were lots of Robins, small Finches, Chickadees and Warblers singing and fluttering around between the Trees and coming to the feeder in a garden in a city.
It was just a peaceful scene and I felt sooooo relieved……
L. my Miahanit, told me it was good for today and I was to write all this down……
To me the journey reminds us, that the Spirits of Place of whom Maang the Loon is one, wish to be heard and respected as such. Since the time of Beginnings they are the Guardians of the land upon which we will hold this weekend meeting. They remind is of the plight of their charges – the real wild animals – and hope, we can do something to make it better, or at least stand in respect to hear them and do our part in improving the situation.

I wondered, what the ” thing with the Tuna Fish can” was all about, and went “back” yet again today in the morning and there were only Lira, Aya…..!     and Fretty  (3 of my Miahanits on the back of Gineebik.!???!!
I asked, what that was all about and Fretty explained, that I had opened a “nasty can of fish ” that the organizers of the event had not anticipated.
I will have to deal with some repercussions, because I  posted these TRUTH, that nobody wants to look at.
Lira sayed, that  always assume that “everyone is on the same page than me”(  =vision:  all Ee’rens eat Fish….) –  But that is not so and I will get to hear about this on the conference by the people in charge there…..
I am not surprised to hear that, given I now also read a few of the other participants journeys and … well….
…..let me find a link….

7 thoughts on “The Grievances of the Clan Guardians

  1. Yup, that’s rather what I thought too – difficult message to bring but you are strong enough to bring it. I fear you will find the SSP conference to be nothing like what you are used to and messages like this will ‘disturb the peace’ and not be what everyone has gone there for (to enjoy themselves and reconnect and be healed and feel the love etc). Yes, there will be some of that as well but few want to really address these deeper issues.

  2. Isn’t this a sign that man is destroying the world, bit by bit – that as long as we kill everything around is, we are hastening our own end and the end of everything we claim to value ?
    Isn’t that a very valid focus for a healing conference – how we can heal the world ?
    We want to look at the pretty wild animals – but as a race, we want, more, to have money and power and fancy homes – but never to have sustainable power sources where we can see them; never stopping throwing away our garbage in streams and landfill; never making the effort to use a smaller car, less gas…. We are selfish. Animals are not.
    We want someone else to make it all OK so that we can carry on feeding the birds we like to watch, and eating the fish we like to catch – but we don’t want to have to BOTHER with protecting everything that makes that possible; we want someone else to do it – and soon there will be nothing left for anyone to protect.
    The animals and birds have been telling us this for years, even as they become extinct, one at a time, faster and faster; the climate itself is even trying to get the message across now – and do we listen ? No. They carry on shouting to people like you, who do listen…. Let us hope others will listen to YOU.

  3. Finding tangible ways in which everyone can actively address the problems that the Ee’ren’s have brought to you will be a positive 1st step. More than just journeying, wishing and praying. It is no longer enough to recycle our waste, pick up litter, feed the birds and eat organic food. These are good of course, but instead approaching local government and petitioning as long as it takes to stop high speed boats from using the lakes in nesting times or to stay below 5mph (no wake at that speed) which is what we have here on many lakes and canals. It’s this kind of prolonged, dedicated work that most are not really wanting to do (it’s boring, mundane and not at all ‘shamanic’), myself included but sometimes we just have to.

  4. In honor of the vision received and in honor of the Ee’rens I made a “good’ Medicine give-away…….
    I will write about my experiences there sometime next week.
    blessings to you all.

  5. oh this must have been so painful for you to experience. I grew up near the St-Lawrence River, and we used to fish for fun but no one in their right mind would have eaten those fish. ( I would never fish “for fun” now as I have come to believe its wrong). We regularly caught 2-headed and 6-eyed perch, and our parents would not let us swim in these waters.
    I live north of Montreal now, and have spent many an hour floating around a nearby lake trying to see things from the loons’ perspective. They were quite used to me and would come close. They did not return this past summer, their nest is now a dock for a huge house. I haven’t seen heron in two years. The water smelled odd this year as well, not clean, slightly foetid.
    We have done this, with our cellphones and tinfoil and commuter lifestyles and mcmansions.

  6. Well, since a week now I am thinking about just what to share here….
    It was not, what I had hoped a shamanic practitioner’s CONFERENCE would be at all. 😦
    There were 23 participants, most of them the “students” of the organizer . They formed a very tight-knit little group with a culture all their own. Then there were a few “outsiders”, that were not previously affiliated with “the Edge”. None of them works with patients, clients and the First Nations like I do ……
    It was all in all more of a “fun get together”, a “fun weekend off” and people did not want to be confronted with heavy upsetting issues. It was all play and co-creating some sort of shamanisticly inspired theater performance, that then was held in the pitch dark outside – due to not enough space in the tiny group room….
    There also were a Peruvian teacher, Don Martin Pinedo Acuna from Cuzco and his translator, Don Marco Nunez Zamolla, who had given pre- conference teachings specific to their culture and now participated in the group. They also sold Peruvian handicrafts as well as Condor feathers for $ 210.00, some of which clearly had seen better days…

    The highlight of the weekend for me was the Pipe Ceremony 2 participants held late Saturday night and which was not part of the planned events.

    It was also a delight to see and talk with one of my former students again and to connect with my cabin roommate and several other “people on the path”

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