From my father’s side of the family my grandmother was born on the Menominee Reservation this spirit lives in my soul. Thank You Grandmother and The Menominee Nation of Wisconsin.
Among all tribes there is a strong sense that behind all individual spirits and personifications of the divine, there is a single creative life-force, sometimes called ‘the Great Mystery’, which expresses itself throughout the universe, in every human, animal, tree and grain of sand.
Every story, too, is a working out of this life-force. Another key feature of the Native American spiritual outlook is found in the powers ascribed to the Four Directions, which occur either literally or in symbolic form throughout the stories.
These are often represented by particular colors, or by animals. The Four Directions have to be in balance for all to be well with the world, and often a central point of balance is identified as a fifth direction; for example, four brothers represent the outer directions, and their sister the center.