Bodewadmi Kekyewnene

Ode n’os Waubnose gi zhnekazot…..aka this is my dad, Dawn Man he was called.

My dad was an itinerant Native Preacher who could speak several Neshnabe languages. He started several works or churches in Native territories, and he also worked with several Department of Corrections agencies in a tri-State area, visiting the Native men who were incarcerated. My dad was my hero because of the love he had for his people. Upon becoming a minister of the gospel, he didn’t opt for a church in the dominant society but chose to stay with his own Neshnabe people.

As I said, he could preach in several Native tongues as well as English. He also sang Neshnabe songs or hymns wherever he traveled and many non Indian churches requested his presence as he ministered about. He became my mentor as well as setting the pace for my own career in law enforcement and corrections, as well as becoming an AODA counselor later in my life. Having a father like him convinced me of pursuing many good things on behalf of my Native people.

He passed from this world and went into the next in September of 1983 and I have missed his presence and influence so many times over the years. My thought to post this picture of him and say these few words was to honor his memory, as well as the Lord he served. My dad loved the Lord Jesus Christ and led many Natives to his Lord and Master of Life. To say I am proud to be his son is not enough, for I am proud to serve the same Lord he served also. He gave me that influence early in my life.

Nin se Neaseno

Nde medagwendan embyegeyan bgeji ga zhechket o N’osen.

Ten Commandments

Node mdatso kenomagewnen ga mingowat gi dawewnenwik ezhi gcheashbek emawjeshnowat iw pi.

The Ten Laws or Teachings the Hebrews were given at the Great Mountain of Sinai then……I find these writings most interesting as they sound much like Teachings we were given by the Ancient Ones who were in touch with the God. I have my theoretical thoughts on this but I hesitate to share those with just anybody. For me, it has to be someone who is filled with the literal Spirit of the Living God. i.e., the Holy Ghost.

For now, read on and enjoy….

nin se Neaseno.

Israel and the Church

Ever wonder about these kinds of things? I have and this link provides some good insight into these matters, but as with all things, one must study it out on their own. Don’t just accept what one tells you about important things like this, but study it out. There is such a thing as a “lazy Christian” who will do nothing to study matters themselves and dig into the Word of God on your knees, and get the answers from the God himself, i.e., the Holy Ghost.

Theology is nice from someone who knows it and shares, but make sure you know it too……get some Kneelogy, so you know it yourself!


Nin se Neaseno.

Mno waben ginwa

Good morning to ya all. This is such a beautiful day and I just had to greet ya all in this manner. I shall be posting some more later in the day with exclamations about the glory of the Lord and his glorious name. I am reminded that all good gifts come from above, including this weather, whether it be rain or snow, or bight sunshine. It all comes from him.

Bama pi kokotni,

Later gator…….Nin se Neaseno

Daily Readings

From our Torah portion this week (i.e., Vayakhel) we read: “Let every wise-hearted (חֲכַם־לֵב) among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded” (Exod. 35:10). The sages comment that none of the people actually had the skills to fashion the detailed furnishings and accouterments of the sanctuary, but they had something even better – a passionate desire to do God’s will, and this enabled them to access God’s help to do what was needed. The purpose of the commandment was to involve the heart, to refine the character: “And everyone whose heart moved him brought what was needed…” (Exod. 35:22). God could have created the sanctuary “yesh me’ayin,” simply out of nothing, but he wanted the heart of his people to express their desire for his presence in their midst. The same is true for the inner sanctuary of our hearts…

Just as God creates the world in chesed (עוֹלָם חֶסֶד יִבָּנֶה), so the wise of heart are able to build up the sanctuary of God. “Love builds up.” Being “wise of heart” (חֲכַם־לֵב) means having emotional maturity, humility, and rightly ordered affections. Such heart wisdom does not depend on how smart you are or what sort of education you might have, but rather whether you are able to emotionally comprehend a situation, whether you are willing to allow the heart to discern the inner meaning of a message. The wise of heart are those who “build up” God’s kingdom and help provide sanctuary for others…

The beginning of wisdom is the awe of the LORD (Psalm 111:10), that is, relating to reality with reverence and learning to distinguish what is sacred. Note that God does not build the mishkan directly, but He wants us to bring our hearts and creativity to the task. Practically speaking being chacham-lev (חֲכַם־לֵב), “wise of heart,” means knowing what you must do to help reveal divine beauty within your experience of life.

After Moses saw all the work that was done for the building of the Tabernacle, he blessed the people saying, “May it be the will of God that His Presence dwells within the work of your hands” (Exod. 39:33-43; Psalm 90:17). Rashi notes that even if a person feels entirely inadequate for the task, the Torah affirms that he should nevertheless do his or her part. “Every assembly for the sake of heaven must in the end stand” (Avot 4:11). When we apply our hearts to serve God, the Lord will give us the Spirit to empower our way; if we make ourselves his willing vessel, He will fill us to the full.

“Do your best, pray that it’s blessed, and God will take care of the rest…” As any good cook knows, the “secret ingredient” for the tastiest food is the love that goes into making it. Likewise in “making a place for God” the most important factor is heartfelt willingness to be present before the Lord — to show up and say, Hineini Adonai — “Here I am, O Lord!” We first take the step of faith and then the sea will split and we will be able to walk on through. [Hebrew for Christians]14514514 Comments62 Sha

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From my daily readings….

Ébmadziyan ngom

Iw pi egi shkewdebwetagwziyan ode zhezhosmikan. Gi gche mnozhewebes iw pi egi debwetagwziyan i mnedo msenegen ga wawidayan mine ekendasyan anet ni kenomagewnen ga temgedon zhi msenegaswenen.

This is a picture of my family, my dad and mother, my sister Marilyn and little brother Frank, and myself all spruced up after attending a church service in our humble community. My dad and mother were the ones who has started the work of building a new church and congregation on the Menominee Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. There were others who joined them in this endeavor as many felt the need to have some sort of spiritual teachings to observe. Many of them came out of the Catholic Church and some of the Ceremonial beliefs held by the mixed tribal group residing on the Reservation at that time.

Those first Believers could speak Menominee, Potawatomi, Ojibwe and one or two spoke Winnebago as well, but Menominee and Potawatomi remained the two dominant languages utilized in church services at that time. It was good to hear some of the preaching and singing in our Native tongues then. There was even a man from Stone Lake, a Potawatomi community, who could speak quite eloquently in Potawatomi and read the Bible, all in Potawatomi. We occasionally had a man who could do the same in Ojibwe and two brothers from near Wilson Michigan, the Hannahville Potawatomi conmunity who could preach and sing in Neshnabemwen. These folks would visit us quite often in those days as my parents went about the business of establishing themselves as Christian Believers on the Menominee reservation.

Such was my growing up among my older peers then. When My parents converted to Christianity about the time I turned 13, I rejected the mere thought of being a Christian and having to attend Sunday School and Church. I took to running away from home and often fled to my uncle’s house, fully expecting him to shelter me from my parents. I arrived there one Saturday afternoon to find my grandfather visiting my relatives. He asked what I was doing there and upon finding out that I regularly ran away from my parent’s home to escape having to attend church, he became quite angry with me.

He asked my uncle and aunt if this was a regular thing and why they were shielding me from my parents. He told us, as a Neshnabe boy, I owed my loyalty and respect to my parents. He told his son, my uncle that he was wrong for shielding me like that. He demanded that I be taken back then and there to my parent’s home and he accompanied us. Upon arriving at my folk’s home, he exited my uncle’s car and informed them he brought me back to do exactly whatever my parents told me to do. He instructed me that if my parents wanted me to attend church with them, then I had to do exactly that, for that is what a Neshnabe boy did to honor his parents. He further informed me that a Neshnabe child must honor his parents and show them absolute respect by listening to them, and doing whatever it was they wished in the way of spiritual practices.

It was a long time ago now but as I grew within the church, I also came to accept the teachings, which I found were not too far from the mark of traditional teachings I had grown up with. I simply came to call my God Zhezhos and many other things I grew to learn within the context of Christianity. I shall post some of those teachings or beliefs on the pages of this blog from time to time. I have lived an interesting life as a traditional believer of the early Neshnabek, having been educated by many of my older peers back then. I came to accept the God of my parents, Zhezhos and made a successful life of both for a while, but eventually came to believe fully in the teachings of the LORD God, the Elohim, Yeshuah ha Mashiach, Jesus the Christ.

Iw enajmoyan ngom…..

Nin se Neaseno.