Women's Representative: Lee Kerfont
In traditional and historical society, women are given the highest respect and regard, as they are sacred, and their wombs are the portals through which connect to the spirt world as the givers of life. The man's role is one of support, protecting the sacred woman and family from any danger, and providing those things that the women needed.
To the observer Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq had a patriarchy society where the men were traditional and hereditary leaders. But this was not necessarily correct, nor was in a matriarchy, it was in fact more balanced. The women were greatly respected and provided wisdom and direction to the male leaders as their wives, elders and spiritual leaders. This means that the woman's input was sought out when important decisions were being made. This, again, is tied to their sacred role as the givers of life.
A Lnu'k/Mi’kmaq woman's role and participation in ceremonies is governed by her ability of bringing life into the world. During “Moon Time”, her monthly cycle she would not sit in ceremonial circles but would sit in a separate circle. This was because of the belief of a very powerful Mother Earth connection and powerful energy as her sacred body purifies itself and prepares itself to receive life. During this time she should never touch any sacred objects as she would drain the power and render them no longer sacred. Only female elders were not affected by this great power.
It is for this very same reason, Traditionally, women did not regularly go to the Sweat Lodge, nor did they fast because of their powerful ability to cleanse themselves spiritually, they do not require the ceremonies that a man requires to perform that cleansing. However, when warranted, a woman would participate in the Sweat lodge, or go on a fast for a vision quest. Women participating in ceremonies wore skirts, to honour their gender and acknowledge their sacred role in life. The women would cross their legs on one side, so as not to be seen with open legs.
Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq rules of Protocol
Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq rules of Ethics & Principles
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