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A Word -- Bimaadiziwin/Bimaadizi

by Gregory Hermann





A WORD


BIMAADIZIWIN

BIMAADIZI


James Vukelich 5-28-19

An Ojibwe expression


Life

S/he lives

“We don't just live. We live in a certain way.”


Our ancestors recognized that we cannot define love.

We can describe love according to the way the Eternal acts.


How does the Eternal act?

In a reciprocal manner – acknowledging the sacred in all.


Zag: to emerge, to rise

To rise or emerge from the heart

Debwewin – truth

manaagi'idiwin – respect

tabasenimowin – humility



Gichi dibaakgonigewin

emerging from the great sacred law of Creation/Creator


Ganawenindidaa – we look after and protect each other

gi zaagi'in