Manaaji'idiwin | Respect | The Cycle | Waawiyeyaa



The direct translation of the Anishinaabemowin word for respect: manaaji'idiwin is "to go easy on someone". This translation is not what we were expecting and not really how we see the current word being lived and used in modern language and practice.

When you think about what is valued and 'respected' in today's world, what comes to mind for you? Yesterday I was walking down the street and saw a few men in suits come out of City Hall. I reflected on this concept of respect and how due to their dress and their apparent 'status' that they likely receive respect in the places they go. But why? Meanwhile, the houseless man on the corner down the street does not receive this respect. But why? How did we get so backwards on who deserves respect - on who deserves for us to 'go easy' on them.

The Cycle design is fitting for this teaching and the transformation we might require on how this teaching is being lived. The cycle was created to honour the sacred pattern of life - death - rebirth and it's continual nature. How can we reclaim and transform how we live out the teaching of manaaji'idiwin?


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