Orange Flower Study


Listen to the air. You can hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it. Woniya wakan—the holy air—which renews all by its breath. John (Fire) Lame Deer

Native Americans are constantly making meaningful stories about flowers and how their lives relate to ours. A great Menominee Legend about a flowers origins goes a little something like this:

Long ago when the Creator was making life, He was feeling real happy. He truly enjoyed creating! He looked around at all the wonderful things He had made and thought to Himself, “I am so happy that I want to make something special to spread my happiness.” He thought long and hard, and then said, “This thing must be so pleasing that it will get a second look. It must fill the air with sweet smells that create happiness.” He thought some more, and then he added, “But I also want it to serve a purpose. It must be able to be eaten and used as medicine.”

So, after thinking long and happily, the Creator took bits of this and bits of that and bits of things that had never been and created the flower. He made tall ones and short ones, skinny ones and fat ones. He made them every color imaginable. He was so satisfied with His new creation that He spread them all over the world for everyone to enjoy.


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