First Man had many wives
among the Animal People.
The sacred beast, bird or reptile
was treated with reverence
and as totem was carried to ensure
guardianship of the spirits.
The two fundamental ceremonies of universal application
are the steam bath and the clay pipe.
Everything used in connection with the steam bath is regarded as sacred.
The aromatic cedar and sage, the water,
and especially the water-born boulders which are deemed to be ancestral stones.
The natural boulder is often reverenced
by the raising of the tobacco filled pipe.
This simple ceremony is the commonest
daily expression of thanks and grace.