Or Red Sun translated from its original Ojibway.
I went to a saketent ceremony today with the metis nation. I was invited by a local medicine man or Midewiwin whom I was seeing for therapy.
After a pipe ceremony we eat, with the ancestors, food offerings we bring for them. Then the lights are turned off and the Midewiwin calls the ancestors to come forward. It is common for people to see flickering lights or spirits. I for one saw large people around the room that looked like constellations and a large shadow that walked past the light that leaked in to the room. Now I don’t know for sure if what I was seeing was spirits or just my eyes playing games with me but I like to believe that I was not alone in the room.
During the ceremony you can ask the ancestors a question when you go up and give offerings to the ancestors, I gave tobacco and ribbons of the metis colours. The Midewiwin then asks them your question and tells you what they say. You can ask them anything you want. You can ask them if they are proud of you. You can ask for your name. Any thing you would ask your ancestors if you could.
I asked if my Nanny was warching over me, and I got my answer and a little more then I bargained for. He said my Nanny was there with them but my voice had attracted all the young spirits. The all came running up to him. Also that the ancestors were holding an infant wrapped in the traditional way. Then the ancestors were talking amongst themselves calling me the opposite one, I couldn’t really make out the word in Cree. Meaning that I am so pale for a native that I am opposite of what I should look like. Then he said that they were calling me by my native name and that if I wanted he could tell me what they said. He told me that they were calling me Red Sun, or Misskwa geesis in Ojibway.
It was an amazing experience and an extremely emotional one. I feel as if I was truly blessed to be there and to be granted time with the ancestors. This was an amazing opportunity to get to know myself and to feel a little more peacefull with everything.