The Small Boy Story
Gizhe Manidoo, the Great Spirit, gave the Seven Grandfathers, who are very powerful spirits, the responsibility to watch over the people. The Grandfathers saw that the people were living a very hard life. They sent their Helper six different times to find a person who could be taught how to live in a good way with all creation. Finally, the Grandfathers’ Helper found a baby, who because he was born from good parents and pure enough to receive the teachings and bring these teachings back to the people. The Grandfathers were happy with the choice made by the Helper. The baby boy is a symbol to the people that it is important to start educating our young people and that they are already beginning to learn at a very young age. Babies are still connected, which can be lost when people become adults.
While the boy was travelling with the Helper throughout the spirit world, they were visited seven times by spirits who told them about the gifts. The Seven Grandfathers.
The young boy was then put in the care of Otter who was to return the boy to his people to teach them what he had learned. The boy because of all this time spent in the spirit world, was now an old man. The old man gathered all the people around and told them of his journey to the Seven Grandfathers’ lodge. He shared all the wonderful teachings and the healing ways that he learned from the Seven Grandfathers. He explained how to use the gifts. He explained that the opposite of any of the gifts would bring a negative result of that gift. It was now up to the people to try to follow the path of a good and healthy life using the Seven Grandfathers’ Teachings.