Our guest speaker, Darrell LaFrance, a story teller of French Native American descent, belonging to the Algonquin Bear Clan Tribe, also a Traditional Eagle Feather Dancer who’s great grandfather was a Tribal Chief and who is a Durham Regional Police Officer spoke to us through chosen traditional stories and in personal memories of his ancestors and his modern day family.
One of Darrell’s stories tells how Creator was upset that the People were not following traditions of prayer and caring for each other and their community.
“Creator said that because of this he would destroy the people. Eagle spoke to Creator asking “Before you destroy the People, let me fly over the people and see if there are any who still Follow Traditions”. So! Creator agreed and Eagle flew all day to the north and found no one who still followed the traditions. The next day Eagle flew all day to the south and found no one who still followed the traditions. The next day Eagle flew all day to the east and found no one who still followed the traditions. Then Eagle flew all day to the west and found one family who still honoured Creator and followed the traditions. Eagle brought this knowledge to Creator and Creator said “As long as this continues I will spare the people”.