Sunday, April 4, 2010

Onawa, of the New Moon (Irraka)



Onawa, of the New Moon (Irraka)
One who is wide-awake.

Concept: Lead by the Spirits
Irraka (The New Moon, The Stalker) - scouts, spies and trackers

Hunters in Darkness (Meninna) - protectors of loci, the spiritual centres of the world. Black Wolf is their totem. Their tribal ban is "Let no sacred space in your territory be violated".

Personality: Quiet and fairly serious in demeanor. Fairly honest and helpful. (I used the Aloof disadvantage for this).

Summary: Raised in small community, discovers she is Uratha and leaves the reservation.
Background: As a member of the Prairie Island Indian Community, Onawa spent her youth struggling between two worlds. The life on the reservation was a balance of sacred traditions and modern life. She was expected to stay on the reservation, and continue the local customs. Prairie Island is a small reservation of about 200 Mdewkaton who often associate with a neighboring community of the like-minded Mdewkaton of Mystic Lake. The two casinos operated by these communities cooperate and host events together occasionally. Prairie Island also hosts annual Powwows to keep ancient traditions alive.

Onawa always felt more connected to the spiritual side than the average youth on the reservation. While her peers were more consumed with modern consumerism (the youth of the island spend much of their time and money on expensive vehicles and recreation), Onawa lived more quietly and helped her aging parents with their day to day needs. Traditional ceremonies and tribal history were important to her family.

Upon discovering her true nature, Onawa was sent off the reservation to learn more about The Forsaken with a small, distant group of werewolves. The training was rough, in the wild woods between Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters. It is here during her wilderness training that Onawa embraces the ways of the stalker. It is now time for her to find her place amoung the Forsaken.


Reference/Research:

The Mdewkaton, Dakota:

The Mdewakanton, "those who were born of the waters," have lived on Prairie Island for countless generations. Located in south eastern Minnesota along the wooded shores of the Mississippi and Vermillion Rivers, Prairie Island is a spiritual place for our people. The island was known the people as a place of many natural treasures (herbs and medicines).

For many hundreds of years they have inhabited this area of Minnesota. The Prairie Island people are part of a larger group called the Dwellers of the Spirit Lake, the Mde wakan ed otunwahe. Over the years this name has been shortened to Mdewakantonwan or Mdewakanton (M'DAY-wah-kahn-tahn).

The Mdewakanton are one of the seven sub-tribes who make up the alliance called Oceti Sakowin - the Seven Council Fires. Most of the world knows the alliance as the Sioux, which comes from an Ojibwe word nadowessi - "Little snakes." The French changed it to Nadowesioiux or simply Sioux. They call themselves Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota, a word that means "allies" or "friends" in all three dialects.

The Dakota/Lakota/Nakota have reservations in the states of Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana; and in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Wikipedia Entry on Prairie Island Indian Community:

Prairie Island Indian Community is a Mdewakanton Sioux Indian reservation in Goodhue County, Minnesota, along the Mississippi River, in and around the city of Red Wing. It was created in 1889, with boundaries modified after that time. Much of the reservation land was lost following construction of Lock and Dam No. 3 along the river by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to improve navigation. Later, the Prairie Island Nuclear Power Plant was built nearby. The community has grabbed headlines because of the decision to store radioactive waste in above-ground steel casks. The main reservation lies within the city of Red Wing, but there are off-reservation trust lands both within Red Wing and in Welch Township in northern Goodhue County, as well as in Ravenna Township in eastern Dakota County which nearly doubles the size of the reservation's territory. The reservation had 199 residents as of the 2000 census, including its trust lands. Its total land area is 1.6689 sq mi (4.3225 km², or 1,068.1 acres). The tribe operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino near the Mississippi River north of Red Wing.

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