Northeast American Cultural Resource
James B Beard aka Noodin
A doorway to understanding between people
Naga nawe wi dong
[First Thunder / He who speaks first]
Left this world August 8th, 2009
Elder Larry Matrious is of the Ahzhamook [cross roads] Band of Ojibwe. Born in the bush, there is no record of when, Larry was thought to be seventy six years in age. He was taught in the ways of his father and grandfather and practiced his tradition in the old ways using the old Ojibwe language.
He was one of the last elders of the old way at Lake Lena Reservation, Minnesota.
In 1989 Larry came to New Hampshire to lead a gathering of people learning to walk the spirit path. He stayed here to teach for much of the time over a period of five years. His gatherings are well known and people came from all over New England to learn from him.
Many people today live the traditional way of life as they were given instruction under this elder. It is now the responsibility of those of us that have been given teachings by Larry to continue to share that knowledge and legacy.
Larry is a recognized elder and healer of the Ojibwe. He was, and in spirit is, a member of the Midewiwin Medicine Society of the Ojibwe.
By Jim Beard about his teacher with permission
from Elder Larry Matrious
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