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    the animal people and the plant life

    Night Flying Woman : An Ojibway Narrative
    Night flying woman is a story in the tradition of the Ojibway people...
    A-wa-sa-si was the oldest person in the village. She had no children or grandchildren there...
    "The Anishabe have always been a thriving people born to the woodland way of life. We know the secrets to the forest and receive the gifts of a Generous Spirit. These we pay by honoring and respecting the living things in the forests : the animal people and the plant life which in itself is life-giving. We do not waste the precious gifts but share them with our brothers. We believe in the sharing of the harvest and gifts. It is an honor to have the sharing accepted, and it is your joy when the sharing gives joy."

    Is this a typo for "the animal, people..." or does it mean animalistic(animal like) people?

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    Re: the animal people and the plant life

    No. It means the animal population. Their respect for the animals who share their environment extends to regarding them as brothers.

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    Re: the animal people and the plant life

    I think, in this instance, it may also refer to the fact that some "indigenous peoples" of Canada believed in reincarnation. They would therefore naturally view animals as "animal people".

    "Some have believed in human to nonhuman rebirth and in cross-sex reincarnation. Many of them also believe that an individual may be reborn simultaneously as several different people….Charles T. Tart

    ….Some Canadian Indians believed that both animals and humans are reincarnated. “The physical features of a newborn child are always referred to those of some dead forebear,” noted Werner Müller, “every child is thus a reincarnation.” "

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative...s-1428487.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anishinaabe

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    Re: the animal people and the plant life

    Many, if indeed not most or possibly even all, Native American myths and legends tend to anthropomorphize animals.

    Coyote is one example who exits in indigenous folklore through North America. He is particularly important to the Navajo, where he's more of a god or culture hero, who frequently manifests in a human avatar. One consistency among all the legends is that Coyote is a trickster. He'll help you, but it always costs you something.

    Even when hunting animals for food, some Native Americans may refer to an animal as 'Brother Bear/Deer/Buffalo etc.' as sign of respect for the animal's spirit, whose life was given/taken to sustain other life.

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