September 20

Spring Spirit

Spring Spirit

Ojibwe (Anishanabe)

One late winter day Nanabush was walking though the forest when he heard sweet little voice call out “Crocus! Rise up from your sleep! Spring will soon be here!” Nanabush looked and looked, but saw no one. A little while later, he heard the same voice! “Mighty Bear! Get up and eat! Care for your cubs! Spring has arrived!” Nanabush called out “Who is that!” The little voice responded”Nanabush, it is just me, the spirit of spring come to wake the flowers and beasts”. Nanabush asked this Manitou to come and sit with him, perhaps share a pipe together, but the spirit said “I have no form in this world, mighty one, I cannot sit with you”. Nanabush felt sad for the little Manitou, so he took some birch bark and formed it into a little shelter. He then painted a red dot from his blood in front of it to show the little spirit it was his. This was placed on a branch, so he might enter. When the little Manitou entered the new home, a bright light flashed! Where once the little home stood, a beautiful new bird had taken its place! He was very handsome, and still has the red spot on him to this day. That little spirit still comes and tells us of the arrival of spring. Many know him as the spring spirit, but others merely call him a Robin.

Contributed By:

Brian Joseph Liekam - Makwa Agueniishinook (Bear Shadow) -Anishnabe Elder


Tags

Anishnabe, Chippewa, Elders, Ojibwe, Spring Spirit, Teachings, Traditional Stories


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