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way, two nations will join to make a mighty nation. This new nation will be joined 
by two more so that four will form the mightiest nation of all. You will know the 

face of the brotherhood if the light-skinned race comes carrying no weapons, if they 

come bearing only their knowledge and a hand shake." ,


The other prophet said, "Beware if the light-skinned race comes wearing the face of 

death. You must be careful because the face of brotherhood and the face of death 

look very much alike. If they come carrying a weapon, beware. If they come in 

suffering, they could fool you. Their hearts may be filled with greed for the riches of 
this land. If they are indeed your brothers, let them prove it. Do not accept them in 

total trust. You shall know that the face they wear is one of death if the rivers run 

with poison and the fish become unfit to eat. You shall know them by these many 

things." ,


The fifth prophet said, "In the time of the Fifth Fire there will come a time of great 

struggle that will grip the lives of all Native people. At the warning of this Fire there 

will come among the people one who holds a promise of great joy and salvation. If 
the people accept this promise of a new way and abandon the old teachings, then the 

struggle of the Fifth Fire will be with the people for many generations. The promise 

that comes will prove to be a false promise. All those who accept this promise will 

cause the near destruction of the people." ,


The prophet of the Sixth Fire said, "In the time of the Sixth Fire it will be evident 

that the promise of the fifth fire came in a false way. Those deceived by this promise 

will take their children away from the teachings of the Elders; Grandsons and 
Granddaughters will turn against the Elders. In this way, the Elders will lose their 

reason for living; they will lose their purpose in life. At this time a new sickness will 

come among the people. The balance of many people will be disturbed. The cup of 

life will almost be spilled. The cup of life will become the cup of grief." ,


At the time of these predictions, many people scoffed at the prophets. They then had 

medicines to keep away sickness. They were then healthy and happy as a people. 

These were the people who chose to stay behind in the great migration of the 
Anishinabe. These people were the first to have contact with the light-skinned race. 

They would suffer most. ,


When the Fifth Fire came to pass, a great struggle did indeed grip the lives of all 

Native people. The light-skinned race launched a military attack on the Indian 

people throughout the country aimed at taking away their land and their 

independence as a free and sovereign people. It is now felt that the false promise 
that came at the end of the Fifth Fire was the materials and riches embodied in the 

way of life of the light-skinned race. Those who abandoned the ancient ways and 

accepted this new promise were a big factor in causing the near destruction of the 

Native people of this land. ,














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