The Mikisiw-Eagle Moon: Tapahtamisowin (humility)

Cree teachings and pipe ceremony with Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra

March 23, 2024

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Two bald eagles sitting on a branch and facing each other. Partially obscured.

Photo: marneejill, eagle pair, CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED

Event details

Free, registration required
Canadian Museum for Human Rights The group will meet in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, Level 1 and proceed together to Level 6.
Language and Accessibility:
This event is offered in English.

The Eagle Moon is upon us.

The eagle teaches us how we can rise above breaking natural law and how to behave toward each other and our planet. The spring equinox invigorates our connection and is a reminder that we all can all awaken our blood memory and return to our sacred ways of being.

We’ll focus on humility and how to steer ourselves within Wahkowtowin and Wetaskiwin on our Earth Mother. Let’s gather to welcome her return with a pipe ceremony and potluck feast.


This workshop is part of a monthly Wahkowtowin and Ways of Being series led by Knowledge Keeper Marilyn Dykstra. Each month, we will explore a variety of moon, pole and tea teachings in the Cree tradition.

Wahkowtowin – which translates to kinship – highlights how relationships, communities and the natural world are all interconnected.

Participants will discover and reflect on their connections with each other, with balance and with human rights through teachings and a traditional tea.

Marilyn Dykstra is a status Bill C‑31 First Nations woman from northern Manitoba. She has been immersed in a working matriarchal system that practiced Indigenous ways of thinking and being since she was born. Alongside her family, she has participated in many peaceful social justice movements. 

Marilyn uses her matriarchal knowledge as a foundation for her work in the Indigenous community, which has been ongoing for over thirty years. She still follows her matriarchal teachings, but she has also spent her life learning traditional knowledge and passing the teachings on. 

She is a pow wow dancer, knowledge keeper, and she carries the responsibility of a bundle. She happily participates in naming ceremonies, sweats, pipe ceremonies, moon teachings and more.