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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24665

Title: Traditional Native Culture and Spirituality: A Way of Life That Governs Us
Authors: Mainville, Bessie
Keywords: Indigenous Law Journal
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2010
Publisher: Indigenous Law Journal
Abstract: Bessie Mainville is an Ojibwe Traditional Elder who resides on Couchiching First Nation. Bessie was born in Manitou Rapids. When her mother died at an early age, Bessie was left with her aunts to raise and take care of her. She experienced pure love from her aunts while being raised in two households. At the age of 18 she was united in marriage with Elmer Mainville and then moved to the community of Couchiching. Being new to the community allowed her to make many new friends, but it was the older ladies of the community that became the closest. Later in life when her children were all gone to school she would join the Catholic Women's League and visit with these ladies on a daily basis. She felt very blessed not only to have a big family with lots of children, grand children and great grand children, but to have a mother and father in law who spoke the Ojibwe language fluently. Feasting and gatherings in both communities is very important to Bessie, and she participates in both spring and fall
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24665
ISSN: 1703-4566
Rights: Indigenous Law Journal
Appears in Collections:Volume 8, Issue 1 (2010)

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