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Dorothy Swampy of Sagkeeng First Nation gifted Gordon Bell an eagle staff on
presentation, Dorothy said that the eagle staff is a sacred Indigenous symbol
that was once carried in war, but now represents “peace, respect and honour.”
She said the eagle is especially respected in her Anishinaabe culture as it is
seen as “the carrier of our prayers.”
who has been carving for almost 30 years, said it took two to three weeks to create
the eagle staff out of ash wood.
presentation also included a performance by a traditional Indigenous drum
circle. One of the drummers was Wilfred and Dorothy’s son Jedediyah Swampy, who
teaches traditional drumming to Gordon Bell students.
responsibility to keep the fire lit for the little ones,” Jedediyah said. “This
is what the eagle staff represents for this school, for Anishinaabe people to
be proud of who they are and where they come from and to keep practicing this
way of life.”