A deeply moving and inspiring video from the Tomorrow’s Ancestors Speak project. The intent of the project is to travel the world reflecting with indigenous elders and other ancestors of tomorrow on humanity’s relationship to the water, land, and nature as a whole. We will be bringing you periodic videos from the team, as they make their way around the globe, featuring the wisdom of diverse indigenous elders that will guide us to become the ancestors of tomorrow.
In this first video, The Tomorrow’s Ancestors Speak team visits Chief Al Baker, an Anishinabeg elder known to many as Mino Ode, or “Good Heart”/“Thunder Heart”. He received this name from the Creator during a four-day vision quest on a hill in Wisconsin, and is the eighth Mino Ode in a long unbroken chain of Mino Odes’. Al lives most of his passionate existence amongst the La Courte Oreilles/Chippewa Indian Reservation in the Hayward Lakes region of Northwestern Wisconsin. Here and elsewhere he is recognized as an Ogichida – a ‘Golden Eagle Warrior’/‘Spiritual Warrior’ – as well as a descendant from the Star Nation of great Thunderbirds.
One of the main Anishinabeg instructions that Al brings forth is to help the younger brothers and sisters of the Earth to recognize the interconnected Sacred Spirit within us and all of life. This interdependency is demonstrated especially well through water, as it joins all of life on this planet. Al personally feels that one of the most dire changes needing to take place is the remembrance of the Sacred nature of Water and how it is to be honored through our daily lives.