SACRED TREE SOCIETY CHANUPA BUNDLE
The bundle for the Clan or the house is the object for keeping the sacred objects in; it is a centralized container. The Bundle becomes the responsibility of the Clan Satchem or the speaker of the house for its care and rituals attached.
The Bundle should be treated with respect attached to all objects of honor. No one should handle it unless they have been specifically asked to by the Bundle keeper. When the Bundle is being prepared for opening and closing no one should interrupt the keeper in the proceedings and ritual attendant to it. All women on their moon will generally display a sash and step back from the circle, in this way it will be acceptable for them to attend the ceremony or meeting while not coming in contact with the Bundle and its objects. (Moon laws and customs are different to each tribe and intertribal function ceremony and event. Please ask a traditional elder woman of the people who are sponsoring the event before proceeding with other people. This can be a BIG thing!)
Sample Opening Ritual
The Bundle will ordinarily be packed in an order that will facilitate the ritual of opening. The blanket is laid in front of the pipe carrier; it becomes the “world”. First the abalone shell is laid upon the blanket in the center; the cedar bag is laid next to it to the left of the pipe carrier. The fan is placed next to the cedar bag. The tobacco mix is laid to the right of the abalone shell, the fire making tools to the right of the tobacco mix. Next the fetish bag is placed in front of the abalone shell. To the left of the fetish bag is placed the honor items in their bag. To the right of the fetish bag is placed the society rattle and the herbal bundle. Behind the abalone shell closest to the Pipe carrier is first placed the sweet grass braids and the sacred wheel made of sweet grass. Then comes the Shofar, and finally closest to the pipe carrier the sacred pipe bag.
First the cedar smudge is placed in the abalone shell, and then it is lit on fire and fanned to produce smoke. Then in the order of layout defined above, each of the objects are smudged. When all objects are smudged down, each person attending the ceremony will be smudged. When the people in the circle have been smudged, the assistant or the carrier will open the pipe bag. With the left hand the pipe carrier will take out the stone bowl of the pipe and with the right hand the wooden stem, placing them together. The complete pipe will now be smudged by the cedar.
The pipe carrier or helper will charge the pipe with seven pinches of smoking mix: first honoring the direction of east, second pinch for the south, third west, fourth north, next towards the earth, then towards the sky, the seventh pinch for Gitchee Manitou, the one who can not be created, our and all life on this planet's Father. The Cha Nu Pa is then lit and the Pipe Carrier then does the invocation and depending on the nature of the ceremony may pass it around the circle, offer it to certain people in the circle or conclude the ceremony. The Cha Nu Pa will then be smudged down again and returned to the bag. All items will be returned to the bundle unless they are to be used in the ceremony. This is our way of doing these things in prayer and respect, if some would say it is wrong, do not say it to us--tell your opinion to the Creator. We are simply following instructions of He who can not be created, no matter what you elect to call Him, our final authority.
Contents of the Bundle
Ordinarily the Bundle will contain the basic items of hospitality, maintenance, and blessing, ritual items attendant to those objects and items specific to the Bundles purpose, i.e. Crane objects in Crane clan Bundle etc. A bundle could be constructed as follows:
Sacred Tree Society Bundle
Material for the outer bag should be of a durable construction, big enough to house all of the items, and possibly have straps or handles to assist in its carry. I would suggest brain tan buckskin for the main bag and for most of the smaller ones, for the pipe Otter is a preferred carrier. Cedar is usually the wood used; birch bark makes a good container also. For storage a chest of cedar is recommended.
These are some of the basics of our society. If you are Little Shell Pembina and you wish to use these ways for your own, that is good because we believe they are your ways. If you are not Little Shell Pembina and wish to use these ways, please feel free for you are our relation also and with our Creator there is no mystery or secret, nor can we charge you or anyone for this knowledge because it was given to us freely for all our relations. To us we are charged to understand that all of Creators children are of the same family we allow no discrimination political, spiritual, or otherwise to keep what the creator has given us from all our relations. We are all cousins. We are all one great people of our common Mother and Father so let us begin to warm by the Seventh Fire now. We choose to call ourselves Little Shell Pembina, after our great chief who spoke for us all as relations. And of that Tribe we are a Society that chooses to pray and share customs such as this one. We are still Anishinabe, people of the First Fire agreement. Our society has never broken the laws of original agreement of the seven generations before us, the ancestors, and we freely instruct those that come after us in these laws so they will live to the next seven generations.
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