Bmadzewen [life] and our existence are in tune with the environment. We interact with our world in concurrent cycles of four, understanding that physical and spiritual realms are always in motion. Our sacred medicines, lifecycles, directional powers, and the creation and destruction of worlds progress on this principle.
Governing our ancient world were the seasons. Each season warranted and prohibited certain activities, and was welcomed with celebratory ceremonies, songs, dances and stories. Today, Potawatomi still honor the seasons with wisne’wéwen [feasts], the most important falling on the vernal [spring] and autumnal [fall] equinoxes. Each feast commences with the lighting of a sacred shkodé [fire] that is protected and attended to over the four day period.