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Winter Solstice: Welcoming the Return of the Light Across Turtle Island
On December 21, just as the evening news is beginning, winter will be upon us. It’s the shortest day of the year, and at 6:03 p.m...
Anishinaabe Elder Dave Courchene's Prophetic Words Immortalized in Music by Shy-Anne
Anishinaabe Elder Dave Courchene, founder of the Turtle Lodge, has long said that the 8th Fire has been lit, the one that foretold the drawing together of all peoples and the revel...
Turtle Lodge Calls for Prayerful Water Offering to Mother Earth
From May 24 through 27, 2012, Valerie Taliman and I attended the Gathering of Wisdom Keepers, organized by Anishnaabe spiritual leader Dave Courchene and the Turtle Lodge , which i...
Dave Courchene’s Message to Prince Charles, on Eve of Wisdom Keepers Gathering
Preceding his meeting with First Nations leaders on May 22, Prince Charles participated in a smudging ceremony conducted by elder Dave Courchene, winner of this year’s Indspire (Ab...
Turtle Lodge Wisdom Keepers Gathering: Preparing for the New Age
The discovery of a Mayan calendar that blows away all new-agey notions of an impending apocalypse on December 21, 2012, notwithstanding, we are not in the clear yet...
Turtle Lodge Wisdom Keepers Gathering Summons Would-Be Volunteers to April 29 Meeting
Turtle Lodge, the institution of learning on the Sagkeeng First Nation lands in what is today Manitoba, is summoning all would-be volunteers for the May 24–27 Wisdom Keepers gather...
On Prophecies and the New Age: Elder Dave Courchene Discusses the Way Forward
With all the talk lately of Maya-predicted doom , and the scientific naysaying of same , one wonders where, if anywhere, the grain of truth lies...
The Spiritual Backstory of the Crown-First Nations Gathering
As aboriginals wait to see what actions or changes, if any, will come out of the Crown–First Nations Gathering that took place on January 24, their leaders have upped the pressure ...
Video From the Wisdom Keepers Gathering, and a Water Prayer Personified
June 21 was National Aboriginal Day in Canada, as well as the first full day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, a fitting day for the Turtle Lodge’s call to prayer for water...