Celebrating pregnancy in the tribal community

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Celebrating pregnancy in the tribal community

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We really begin to honor a child before they even come into the world, and so in our tribal traditions, we have what we call a "welcoming in the womb ceremony." So when we know that a young woman is pregnant and going to have a child, we have this ceremony, and in the ceremonies there are a couple of things that take place. One is that it's really is about honoring the mother herself, and making sure that she has what she needs, but it's also about encouraging that new life to come, and so in this ceremony, we speak to that new child; we encourage that child's appearance. We talk about what supports we are going to be able to give that child and how we want them to come and join us on this earth-walk.

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Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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