What are the midewiwin?
"The name Midewiwin (also spelled Midewin and Medewiwin) is
derived from a Native American term for the Grand Medicine Society,
a super-secret society of which today members would nominally be
called by others than the Medewiwin, Shamans. Tribal groups
who had such societies include the Ojibwa, Chippewa, Ottawa, and
Potawatomi, the last of whom were prominent residents of the
Midewiwin National Tallgrass Prairie region from the mid 1700’s to
the early to mid-1800’s. According to the Potawatomi, Mide’ or Mida
(pronounced mid-day), means ‘mystic’ or ‘mystically powerful.’ The
curing rituals performed by the members of the Midewiwin relied
heavily on a tradition that incorporated mystical elements arising
from the beliefs about the spirits that protected the A-nish’-in-a’
beg (term used by the Ottawa, Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Menomonee to
describe “the original people."