Norval Morrisseau - After the Bear Dance Ceremony...





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Published on Jan 23, 2010

Morrisseau ends the Drumming. Bear is laid to rest. Stardreamer expresses his appreciation to the Grand Shaman and returns the Kodiak Bearclaw that Morrisseau first gave him when Stardreamer accepted the Bear as a Shamanic guide seven years before.

Morrisseau moves toward Stardreamer and places his hand on Stardreamer's forehead to bless and empower him. He places the ceremonial crown of the Grand Shaman on Stardreamer's head. He takes Stardreamer's hand in appreciation to complete the Initiation.

The assistant Shaman thanks the Bear which is then placed lifelessly at the side of Morrisseau. Morrisseau removes the cowling from the assistant Shaman and places it on the Bear's head...in preparation for the next Initiation of renewal. Morrisseau then gifts the Kodiak Bearclaw to the assistant Shaman.

Norval Morrisseau speaks after the Ceremony

Thank You people
The Blessing is free. We won't charge you

We don't generally do this in public.

I am a Grand Shaman. This is like when the bishop comes to his church and gathers his priests to ordain.... the ones that he is going to ordain.

He's a Shaman...
Mind you this guy's a bear, and we are going to ordain the Bear as well.

I don't know... our people a long time ago... they had these types of ceremonies that weren't too public.

And the reason why they did it was... it was an earth renewal ceremony. Everything renews itself because we are too polluted. Everything that we breath. Everything that we eat. The only thing I guess that's not polluted yet is our Spiritual environment. But it is our duty to maintain and keep that environment intact... if we ever get it polluted.

So each individual person that views the ceremony could interpret it in his own way...to give him an idea

Its the same thing as a person who goes to see a picture inside the art gallery. It's nice to sell those pictures, but yet the real purpose is for someone to look at the paintings.

I don't know how many of you people ever have Technicolor dreams, but in that Technicolor world that we have inside each one of us... every time you look at my pictures or the colors,... the colors especially... not the images...it brings out that Indianess in you...

For we are only here to bring out the most in you.
Mee-uh, That's all



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