Life in Dene & Ojibway First Nations By Daylan Hyslop Dimitria Roulette
Life in Dene & Ojibway First
We have two different nations. Dene First Nation and Ojibway First
Nation, there are many differences between these two nations but in
many other ways there just alike. These are the teachings and stories
we have heard from our elders and parents that will be told to the
Beaver—Wisdom:To cherish your knowledge is to find Wisdom.
Eagle—Love:To find Love you will create peace.
Buffalo—Respect:To honor all creation therefore us is to have Respect
for each other.
Bear—Bravery:Bravery is to face the fears with integrity and Courage.
Sabe(Big Foot)—Honesty:Honesty is facing a situation that is difficult
but being brave for the consequences.
Wolf-Humility:Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation.
Turtle—Truth:Truth is to know all of these things.
These are the symbols they are connected to nature and our
connection to the land.
In Dene and Ojibway we like to eat meat and also hunt Deer, Elk,
Moose, and Caribou. Instead of bread most natives make Bannock it is
just like bread but homemade. Our elders teach us these ways to keep
our traditonal ways to be strong and never let our traditions go to loss.
In the Ojibway Nation they Mostly hunt for Deer, Moose, Rabbit,
Duck, and Goose. They usually do this for Gatherings for Feasts or
just for Normal Occassions. Bannock is always served with these
In Dene Nation they mostly hunt Caribou, eat dry meat, berries. They
also have Bannock in Dene as well. They also do these for Gatherings
and Normal Occassions as well.
This is the four
directions it represents
four grandfathers the
north is snow/winter
the south is hot
the east is the sun
west is the black
are the four directions
that holds the world
The Traditional Teepee
This is where we have a spiritual ceremonies In Dene Nation
we stay all night to pray and forgive and help for sickness or
mentally.We sing with a Rattle, Water, and a Drum.You have
to be serious and not fool around these spiritual expectations.
Our elders say when the northern lights are out, it means that the
spirits of our ancestors are checking up on there generations of
children. They usually happen on Good Friday as we look up in the
sky in the colourful northern sky we remember our elders that are
living in spiritual world praying for us.
Our stories that we heard they say when theirs northern lights in the
sky our elders are dancing for there future generations that keep
growing in number.
These Traditional Dances come only in the summertime. They host
them every year in reserves all over the provinces. The pow wows are
the showing that the natives still care for the culture and to show it
they held these every year. The ones that are new to these they know
they are surprised of all the traditional dances they do.
A True Younger Age Story
This one time i was at my aunties we actually stayed up all night but we
were still functioning well. Then when we were looking out the
window we seen two deer past by. We also seen an eagle after that and
it dropped a feather so we went outside right away and went looking for
it. My cousin was saying stay here in the field so we know where to
look for it and she said she will be right back. So i was waiting but then
i looked into the bush there was a something looking like my little
cousin but it wasn't him because he was by the door at my aunties
house, but i knew not to go towards it because it was saying come here
but i knew something was wrong.
By: Dimitria R.
Why we choose the topic
We choose the topic because we should remember our pride in our
culture and tell stories that was heard so could be past on to remember
for our future generations.There seven teachings are there to learn
like love.Love one another.Even honesty dont lie and tell the truth.