Tribal perspective on a girl's first period

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Tribal perspective on a girl's first period

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We have such a different tribal perspective when it comes to growing up, and for our young girls we celebrate when they come of age and we talk about things like the onset of the first menses, first period. We have our terminology which is a little bit different; we talk about your first 'moon-time' and the moon cycles. We take that time to really say 'What can we do for our young women to support them as they go into their womanhood?' So things like having an opportunity to, again, think about that; to contemplate, to pray, to be served by the older women in the community. To be given mentors - aunties - who will be there to help you as you make those decisions about what it means now to be able to give life, what does it mean now to enter into the world of relationships

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Shannon CrossBear is a beautiful, powerful, spiritual Ojibwe and Irish woman. Shannon is an enrolled member of Fort William First Nation of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, which is located in Ontario, Canada.  She has lived on the shores of Lake Superior for the majority of her life and currently resides within the boundaries of the United States in Hovland, Minnesota. Wabagoness, her given name in Ojibwemoin, is a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. Shannon has been a story teller for an audience of relatives and friends for many years.  As a columnist for the Cook Country News Herald she wrote over 200 hundred article under the heading Mino- Biimadizawin (the good path/life).Her purpose is to demonstrate and promote gentle healing. She expresses her commitment to healing through her business Strongheart Resource Development. Conditions within Ms. CrossBear’s family of origin and community cement her commitment to improving conditions for children, their families and communities.

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