The Crane, or earlier name the Heron, is called baswenaazhi, echo-maker. Because of the Crane's loud call, they are said to be responsible for inter-nation communication.
Heron is the outside chief, because Heron stands above the water, looking out on the world. Loon, also a chief, is called the inside chief, because Loon looks below the water regarding the underwater world. Together both these chiefs settle disputes and give guidance to the community at home.
Once, an Elder travelling to ceremony told me of seeing two herons standing on tree branches beside a river. He understood that they were advising him that there would be disputes at the ceremony and that he would be called on to use the teachings of the sacred way in order to help resolve misunderstandings.
Dr. Carole Leclair
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May 12, 2021
"Since moving to the country and living close to the land, I see the beauty that is present everywhere. Sometimes though, this beauty is hidden from my view through distractions of everyday life. In our hurried urban lives it is all too easy to miss the small daisy or the field of Queen Anne's lace as we zoom by on the highway. I marvel at how our Métis ancestors captured, through their beadwork, the beauty of the prairie flowers in spite of the hardship they faced."
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