THE FiNAL FiRE
“In the time of the Seventh Fire New People will emerge.
They will retrace their steps to find what was left by the trail.
Their steps will take them to the Elders
who they will ask to guide them on their journey.
But many of the Elders will have fallen asleep.
They will awaken to this new time with nothing to offer.
Some of the Elders will be silent because no one
will ask anything of them.
The New People will have to be careful in how they approach the Elders.
The task of the New People will not be easy.
“If the New People will remain strong in their quest the Water Drum of the Midewiwin Lodge will again sound its voice.
There will be a rebirth of the Anishinabe Nation
and a rekindling of old flames.
The Sacred Fire will again be lit.
“It is this time that the light skinned race
will be given a choice between two roads.
If they choose the right road,
then the Seventh Fire
will light the Eighth
and Final Fire,
an eternal fire of peace, love brotherhood
If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice
of the roads, then the destruction which they brought
with then in coming to this country will come back
at them and cause much suffering and death
to all the Earth’s people.”
(November 11, 1913 – August 3, 2011)
-an Algonquin elder, spiritual leader, and promoter of environmental stewardship.
Commanda served as Band Chief of The Kitigàn-zìbì Anishinàbeg First Nation near Maniwaki, Quebec, from 1951 to 1970.
In his life, he worked as a guide, a trapper and woodsman,
and was a skilled craftsman and artisan who excelled
at constructing birch bark canoes.
He was Keeper of several Algonquin wampum shell belts,
which held records of prophecies, history, treaties
In 2008 he received the Order of Canada.