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Elders Gathering LinkThe culture of the Anishinaabe of Kettle and Stony Point is based upon Midewiwin teachings; the Anishinaabe follow a clan system and at the core of their spiritual beliefs are the lessons of the Seven Grandfathers.  There are seven clans who have diverse roles; Crane, Loon, Turtle, Bear, Hoof, Martin, and Bird.

The Crane clan are the traditional chiefs, the Loon clan acts as a sub-chief clan and if there are any disputes between the two chief clans, the Turtle clan acts as mediators between them.  The Bear clan are herbalists and guardians; the Hoof clan are peacemakers and the Martin clan are the warriors.  The Bird clan are the spiritual leaders and there are sub-clans amongst each of the seven main 'dodemak' (clans or "totems").

The Seven Grandfather teachings are guiding principles of the Anishinaabe way of life.  These Solidarity Day Galleryteachings are: Wisdom, Love, Truth, Courage, Respect, Humility, and Truth.  The cultural practices of the Anishinaabe are based upon these beliefs and demonstrate a genuine respect for all walks of life, a love of family, community, and the natural environment, and a generosity that extends beyond the borders of their homeland.  Such hospitality is evident in the yearly events held in Kettle and Stony Point like its annual Powwow and other gatherings hosted by the First Nation.

Traditionally Kettle and Stony Point has been known as a gathering place, in the oral tradition of the community it is said that a fire was always kept on the point as a beacon to travellers looking to rest or to trade. In all instances, Kettle and Stony Point has been a safe haven for visitors and its kindness is reputable in the surrounding region.

Today the First Nation is developing a long term strategy to preserve the point from eroding so that visitors can appreciate the cultural and historical significance of this landmark that is also known for its 'kettles'; geologic and spiritual phenomena for the people of Kettle and Stony Point.

 

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