The Shaman’s Apprentice: Eyes from Afar
Published by Kris Coeur
Copyright 2010 Kris Coeur
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For the past ten years I have been studying the first nation tribes of Northern Michigan and their spiritual rituals. I am reluctant to mention my exact employer, but I will say that I work for the anthropology department of a prestigious college in the Upper Peninsula. I’ve been working closely with a local shaman named Robin’s Song, and he’s been teaching me the ropes. Over the time we’ve become good friends, and we both respect each other’s position. In fact, I’ve formally been welcomed as a tribe member, but I try not to let that affect my objective studies of their culture. Oddly enough, the session I am about to speak of occurred just in advance of Halloween. It was October 30, 2005, the tenth anniversary of the quake and subsequent tidal wave which flooded parts of the Mackinaw area and killed hundreds. In fact, the quake was the whole reason I started this study. I wanted to see if the native population had any mythology that contained any information of previous quakes to see if they could offer any possible explanation for them.