Ceremonial Feast to Honor Wolves During Hunting Season

By KBJR News 1

November 9, 2013 Updated Nov 9, 2013 at 11:41 PM CDT


A ceremonial feast was held at the home of Ray "Skip" Sandman in honor of the wolves targeted in this years hunt.

Food is served on the ground as a sign of humility. Before eating, a prayer is spoken, and the food is offered to the spirits to help nourish and strengthen them.

The ceremony is an important tradition for the Anishinaabe, who believe that the fate of their wolves and their own people are the same.

"Man and wolf were considered brothers, one another. But the warning was, from the Great Spirit, is that what happens to one will happen to the other," says Ray "Skip" Sandman, a tribal leader.

The ceremony was part of a greater series of protests by many native tribes and other groups protesting the open wolf hunt this season.