Anishinabeg Medicine Wheel

 

 

KEEWATINONG / key-weh-di-noong is Spirit Keeper of the North:

  • Life Stage: ELDER
  • Place: MIND, THINKING, WISDOM – time of giveaway of the gifts of experience: return to the good life or second childhood
  • Colour: WHITE – representing truth, completion and purity
  • Season: WINTER – rebirth, understanding
  • Plant Medicine: SWEETGRASS – whose teaching is kindness because it bends without breaking and attracts wisdom of the Elders
  • Animal: DEER (strength in gentleness), MOOSE (self-esteem), BUFFALO (abundance, gratitude)
  • Food Staples: MEAT, FISH, DRIED FOODS

 

WABANONG / wah-buh-noong is Spirit Keeper of the East:

  • Life Stage: INFANCY / CHILDHOOD
  • Place: SPIRIT – time of new beginnings
  • Colour: YELLOW – representing the sun, a new day
  • Season: SPRING
  • Plant Medicine: TOBACCO – used when asking something from Mother Earth; provided clarity
  • Animal: EAGLE – flies high and sees the big picture; gives inspiration to begin
  • Food Staples: MAPLE SYRUP, FRESH GREEN FOOD, EGGS

 

SHAWANONG / shah-wuh-noong is Spirit Keeper of the South:

  • Life Stage: YOUTH – TEENAGE YEARS
  • Place: EMOTION – time to feel our heart and play
  • Colour: RED – representing strength and protection
  • Season: SUMMER – time of growth, abundance and trust
  • Plant Medicine: SAGE – cleanses and holds positive energy when used as a smudge
  • Animal: COYOTE (the trickster), MOUSE (examines), PORUCPINE (trust). There are many ways of learning.
  • Food Staples: BERRIES, FISH, FRUITS

 

SHA’NGABI’HANONG / shahn-guh-bee-han-noong is Spirit Keeper of the West:

  • Life Stage: ADULT
  • Place: PHYSICAL – time of maturity, experience, expertise; time to review our life paths
  • Colour: BLACK – representing goals, achievements and inner strength
  • Season: AUTUMN – harvest, abundance, beauty
  • Plant Medicine: CEDAR – protection and grounding
  • Animal: BEAR – from whom healing, strength and protection come
  • Food Staples: CORN, RICE, VEGETABLES, FISH, MEAT

Community Members, Parents & Teachers who would like to introduce their children or students to the Anishinabeg Medicine Wheel can download, print & distribute our PDF.