of the Nation
oma kiyanaw. We are the nehiyaw" We are Cree people.
Exact body, Exact body of people. We are a spiritual people
with sacred ceremonies, songs and language, all gifts
of the Creator."
is said our early ancestors came from the east, but we
have roamed the prairies for a long long time, much longer
than our grandfathers and our great grand lathers can
remember. Many people know us the prairie Cree. We are
part of the great Plains Cree nation." The words
are not new. Everyone except the very young had heard
them before. They were part of the teachings, part of
their proud heritage. We are Plains Cree. We are buffalo
hunters. With the blessing of the Creator we live on Mother
is our physical world. It is a good world, a world of
plenty for the nehiyaw (Cree). The Creator gave us our
life, our land which nurtures us and gives us growth.
The number four is sacred. There are four main spirit
helpers, four directions, four seasons,-four stages of
life, childhood young adult and old age".
kinds of people made Kayas-longtime ago:
-red skinned that is where we come from.
- Brown skinned people, they to use to be.
was back then before the great flood, that we the red
skinned, were first given the earth to inhabit, it wasn't
here where we now sit on Mother Earth, but on an island
to the south east. The first human being was called manitou-yisin
strayed from being a perfect people and brought chaos
upon themselves. They could talk to animals and animals
had the ability to communicate with people. That was what
finally gave them trouble. Pastahowin- (is something that
was so wrong that there are severe consequences), was
is not what the Creator had planned. He had given manito-yisin's
descendants the freedom to choose, but they began to do
things very differently. That was when the Creator destroyed
everything. He had life destroyed".
"And again life began. This time the Creator planned
the same thing would not happen a second time. It was
then that he made asiskiwiyiniw, Earth man. The new people
were like animals and yet they were humans."