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How a Native American coming-of-age ritual is making a comeback

 

February 11, 2020

Ojibwe women conduct a year-long ritual for their girls when they start menstruation. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The Ojibwe, one of the largest indigenous groups in North America, with communities from Quebec to Montana, are revitalizing the "berry fast," a coming-of-age ritual for girls.

Ojibwe women historically conducted a ritual for their girls when they started their first menstruation, part of which included fasting from eating strawberry, or heart berry, known as Ode'imin, for an entire year. This was also a time to learn valuable wisdom from women elders.

http://theconversation.com/how-a-native-american-coming-of-age-ritual-is-making-a-comeback-130524

 

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