An Algonquin elder, born in 1953. A teacher, culture-keeper and author.
As a result of his apprenticeship with Mad Bear and his acquaintance with Algonquin, Iroquois, Hopi and Cherokee mentors, along with wisdom-keepers from all over the world, Michael has developed many insights that are of great benefit to the present inter-tribal unity efforts.
For years Michael has been preparing us for the new Earth cycle. He is also coauthor, along with Mason Winfield, of the book, “Iroquois Supernatural”.
A part of Mad Bear’s mission, whether he or Michael planned it or not, was for him to 1st be introduced to Mad Bear. Then, Michael was to observe how Mad Bear applied the principles that the Great Peacemaker taught. In the end, Michael was to see the results of how the principles of the Great Peacemaker, applied by Mad Bear, actually worked out. As a result of this experience, Michael is able to spread these teachings to the 4 corners of the world.
Relationship built on Trust
With all the years that Michael Bastine (Algonquin) spent with elder Mad Bear (Tuscarora/Iroquois) as his apprentice, he never once heard him say what anyone should or shouldn’t do. Mad Bear would give caution at times, but he respected free will. Mad Bear never tried to portray himself as an authority figure.
Due to this mutually respectful relationship, Michael and Mad Bear’s other apprentices had the opportunity to learn traditional medicine ways in an environment that was sacred and built on trust.
“I have consistently found that it is very important to listen, observe quietly and refrain from questions. Native people are very keen observers. They do not barrage their teachers and elders with questions. Instead, they watch and listen. It is a cultural learning modality born of experience and one worth noting.” -Tim Ballingham (Mad Bear’s apprentice)