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When the Sixth Fire came to be, the words of the prophet rang true as children were 
taken away from the teachings of the Elders. The boarding school era of "civilizing" 

Indian children had begun. The Indian language and religion were taken from the 

children. The people started dying at an early age; they had lost their will to live and 

their purpose in living. ,

In the confusing times of the Sixth Fire, it is said that a group of visionaries came 

among the Anishinabe. They gathered all the priests of the Midewiwin Lodge. They 

told the priests that the Midewiwin way was in danger of being destroyed. They 
gathered all the sacred bundles. They gathered all the scrolls that recorded the 

ceremonies. All these things were placed in a hollowed out log from the Ironwood 

tree. Men were lowered over a cliff by long ropes. They dug a hole in the cliff and 

buried the log where no one could find it. Thus the teachings of the Elders were 
hidden out of sight but not out of memory. It was said that when the time came that 

the Indian people could practice their religion without fear that a little boy would 

dream where the Ironwood log, full of the sacred bundles and scrolls were buried. 

He would lead his people to the place. ,

The seventh prophet that came to the people long ago was said to be different from 

the other prophets. He was young and had a strange light in his eyes. He said, "In 

the time of the Seventh Fire New People will emerge. They will retrace their steps to 
find what was left by the trail. Their steps will take them to the Elders who they will 

ask to guide them on their journey. But many of the Elders will have fallen asleep. 

They will awaken to this new time with nothing to offer. Some of the Elders will be 

silent out of fear. Some of the Elders will be silent because no one will ask anything 
of them. The New People will have to be careful in how they approach the Elders. 

The task of the New People will not be easy. ,

If the New People will remain strong in their Quest, the Water Drum of the 
Midewiwin Lodge will again sound its voice. There will be a rebirth of the 

Anishinabe nation and a rekindling of old flames. The Sacred Fire will again be lit. ,

It is at this time that the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. 
If they choose the right road, then the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth and final 

Fire, an eternal Fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light-skinned 

race makes the wrong choice of the roads, then the destruction which they brought 
with them in coming to this country will come back at them and cause much 

suffering and death to all the Earth's people. Source: Edward Benton-Banai in The 

Mishomis Book ,




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