‘‘In the old times, admission to Midewiwin, the Lodge of Those Who Are in a Sacred and Unseen State, required knowledge of plants and herbs and the power of healing. But after some time the Good-hearted Ones - as they were generally referred to - began to feel that mino-bimaadiziwin (how to live a good, upright, and long life) was not to be aquired by knowledge of healing alone. Thus morality was introduced into medicine practice. Possessing integrity, and declaring ones integrity to the plant beings and to the world at large, became essential for both midewininiwag and midekweg, and from that moment on people could become a member by invitation only."
- The principle of Midewiwin.
‘‘The temperature rises, and together we go back to the beginning"
- The principle of the Sweat Lodge ceremony.
Today's story is actually more a musing than it is anything else. It is woven around a sterling silver-and-turquoise-and-coral bracelet and a matching pendant handcrafted in my jeweler’s studio. In addition, the story is illustrated with images of a beautiful drawing and an acrylic painting by my artist friend Simone McLeod from Pasqua, Saskatchewan and a powerful acrylic canvas by the late Randy Trudeau from Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Simone's drawing, which she made in 2013, is titled “Twins in a''Sweat Lodge Womb”; the painting, which she did in 2017, is titled “Otehimin.” The title of Mr. Trudeau's canvas is “Sweat Lodge.”
|"Twins in Sweat Lodge Womb," detail of a pencil drawing by Simone McLeod. © 2013 Simone McLeod|