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Three Fires Midewiwin Mid-winter Ceremonies

February 24-28, 2010
to be held at Mide Learning Center
11126 West Highway #2, Saxon, Wisconsin.

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Pre-Work (Woodcutting, Snow Removal, Etc.)
Saturday to Tuesday  

Camp Day   Wednesday, February 24.  Meetings and Sweat Lodges
6:00 p.m.  Lodge Meeting: Grand Chief Presiding; Work Details/Schedules
8:00 p.m.  Sweat Lodges for Teachers, Leaders, O’shkawbewis/workers 

Day 1  Thursday, February 25.  Lighting of the Fire
6:21 a.m.  Lighting of the Fire, Fire Chief presiding
7:39 a.m.  1st Sunrise Ceremony: Grand Chief, Chief Drum
~ Mide Wayahniquay preparation of Water Offering ~
10:30 a.m. D rum Call in: All Midewiwin and Initiates to be in the Lodge
~ Lodge Opening Ceremonies & Protocols ~
12:00 p.m. Water Bundle Offering
1:45 p.m.  Welcome Feast hosted by the Grand Chief and Family                          .
2:00 p.m.  Teaching and Preparations
~ Grandmothers Meeting  (TBA) ~
6:00 p.m.  Feast: Bizhew, Miengun Clans

Day 2   Friday, February 26.  Ceremonies Continue
6:45 a.m. Sunrise Ceremony
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.  Break and Lodge Preparations
10:00 a.m.  Drum Call in: All Midewiwin & Initiates to be in the Lodge
~ Lodge Ceremonies & Protocols ~
11:00 a.m.  Naming and Clan Declarations (All people waiting for their name please advise your namer/seeker and your sponsors that you will be present)
12:00  Noon Feast: Host ~ Jingle Dress Society
2:00 p.m.  Initiate Preparation and Teaching Sessions
3:00 p.m.  Special meeting  ~ Leadership and T.R.C.
6:00 p.m.  Feast: Host ~ Water Clans
~ Evening Initiates Preparation and Teachings Continue ~

Day 3   Saturday, February 27.  Ceremonies Continue
6:45 a.m.  Sunrise Ceremony
10:00 a.m.  Drum Call in: All Midewiwin & Initiates to be present.
~ Lodge Ceremonies & Protocols ~
12:00 Noon Feast:  Host ~ Mahkwa Clan
2:00 p.m.  O’Gitchidaw  / Buffalo Dance¦lt;br /> 6:00 p.m.  Feast: Host ~ Waubizayshee Clan
8:00 p.m.  Jingle Dress Healing Dance TBA,

Day 4   Sunday, February 28.  Protocols and Wrap up
6:45 a.m.  Sunrise Ceremony
10:00 a.m.  Lodge Call in
~ Healing Bundle: February Full Moon ~ Preparation Instructions ~
Noon Travelling Feast ~ Hoof and Loon Clans
CLEAN UP  Mide School, House, Kitchen, Grounds.

Hugs, Tears, Peace.

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A FEW REMINDERS:

  • Come early to help ready or plan to stay later to help clean up. There is a LOT of work that needs to be done: wood cutting, water truck, snowplowing, kitchen preparation, sweat lodge work, rocks, wood. Lodge repair. Etc. ALL help/helpers are greatly appreciated!
  • Remember to bring you feast bundle.
  • Clans are expected to contribute $250.00 to the cost of the cook, utilities at the Mide School over and above your Clan Feast food/costs.
  • A Three Fires School Board meeting will be convened, time TBA
  • Those wishing to prepare the Healing Bundle (see Sunday Agenda) will need to have these items ready: Burgundy and Black cloth. Burgundy and Black narrow ribbon; seven small black stones and a small (e.g. just a square inch or so) of bear hide.
  • Donations are always appreciated!
  • Donations for the Mide Mall: Proceeds from the Mide Mall are applied to cover the costs of ceremonies.
  • Medicines: cedar, sage, sweetgrass, traditional tobacco, copal and charcoal burners, bear root etc. are always welcomed. If you have bear hide to share, bring it.
  • Ceremony feast foods: fish, wild meat, wild rice, traditional corn, staples for the kitchen in general: spices, cooking oils, coffee, tea, maple sugar, maple syrup.
  • Cleaning supplies (environmentally friendly) and tools; serving trays, dish cloths, paper towels, etc., dish-washing station.  
  • Feast cloths are often in short supply. Fresh cloths for each feast should be available. If you bring one to use, put your name on it unless you are donating it to the lodge.

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AREA HOTEL/MOTEL INFORMATION

Odanah, Wisconsin
(17 miles west of Mide School on US Hwy 2)

Bad River Casino 1-800-682-7121 ~ Hotel is fully booked.

Ashland, Wisconsin
(26 miles west of Mide School)

Ashland Motel     715-682-5503
Bayview Motel     715-682-5253
Bell Motel  715-682-4109
Lake Aire Inn  715 682-4551
Lake Side Motel  715-682-4575
Super 8 Motel  715-682-9377

Ironwood, Michigan
(13 miles east of Mide School)

Advance Motel  906-932-4511
Americ Inn Motel   906-932-7200
Comfort Inn   906-932-2224
Indianhead Motel 906-932-0800
Ironwood Motel   906-932-5520
Sandpiper Motel  906-932-2000
Super 8 Motel   906-932-3395
Budget Host Inn   906-932-1260
Crestview Motel   906-932-4845
Royal Motel  906-932-4230

Hurley, Wisconsin
(12 miles east of Mide School)

Days Inn 715-561-3500
Ramada Inn 715-561-3030
Starlight Motel 715-561-3085

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Gi Guh Waubuh Mi Goo, Neekawnis.

Hope To See You Soon, My Mide Relatives And Initiates.

Meiwe,  Bawdwaywidun

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