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.
Psychic (Spiritual) Self-Defense is a necessary part of taking care of one’s self. It does not have to be scary or creepy. It is a positive act of self responsibility. The more one becomes Conscious and open to greater levels of understanding, the more light they will shine on areas of darkness that were previously in the shadows. The negative elements that exist in Creation do not like to be exposed and will try, karma permitting, to harm those bearers of light that get in their way.
In this 3rd dimensional world, we live in a state of duality (Yin & Yang). We all hold elements of both the light and the dark, within our eternal beingness. We also have the ability to choose our own thoughts and we have been given free will by the Creator.
At times, we all have moments of vulnerability & weakness when our shields our down. That is OK! The important thing is to work on becoming better human beings, learn from our mistakes, bounce back and surround ourselves with good people, friends and family. This goes a long way towards combating the negative and avoiding physic attacks. We have the power if we have trust in ourselves and in the Great Spirit.
Medicine Men especially fall victim to psychic attacks if they are not careful or if their ego gets in their way. Men like Mad Bear & Rolling Thunder especially had their share of close calls, as a result of how far they were able to push the envelope, delve deep into the psychic realm and expose the dark forces of opposition.
Though experience, Medicine Men have learned how to deal with psychic attacks. Sometimes, they simply step out of the way.
One of the great Tuscarora medicine men was Eleazar Williams (1880-1968), a Sachem Chief of the Turtle Clan. He studied medicine under the tutelage of Juh G’wa Dee (Cayuga) from the 6 Nations reserve in Canada.
Eleazar was the father of elder Mad Bear’s friend, Ted Williams (1930-2005). Just like Peter Mitten, Mad Bear had a high degree of respect & admiration for Eleazar and the lighthearted, yet humble way in which he practiced Native American medicine.
The Williams family had a great sense of humor and they were fun to be around. This probably had an influence on Mad Bear as well. The Williams, like many Tuscarora families, were both Baptist and traditional. They managed to preserve & maintain their traditional customs & beliefs, while practicing Christianity.
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One of the greatest Cayuga medicine men was Peter “Mitten” John (1904-1974). Elder Mad Bear had a high degree of respect & admiration for Peter, his mentor, and the humble way in which he practiced Native American medicine. Mad Bear was his student and he learned much by observing Peter Mitten in the field and took part in many grand adventures with him, as his trusty sidekick.
Mad Bear had a close-knit working relationship with Rolling Thunder (1916-1997) aka R.T. (Cherokee), who lived in Carlin, Nevada. Author, Doug Boyd, written a book about R.T. and his medicine in 1974. Outside of this connection, Mad Bear & R.T. were friends with another medicine man, Semu Huaute (Chumash), who lived in California. He was the founder of the Red Wind Intertribal Medicine Camp, San Luis Obispo County.
Read more WHAT IS INDIGENOUS “MEDICINE”? Part 2 [article] [YouTube]
“The power is not within the medicine men, the power is within the Creator. We work through the Creator. We’re only the tools of the Creator. Without him, Indian medicine can’t work.” -Mad Bear (Tuscarora/Iroquois)
It was Mad Bear’s eventful circumstance of being denied a G.I. bill loan to build a house on the Tuscarora Reservation that triggered his calling to become an activist for his Indian people and a medicine man. Mad Bear researched the prophecies of this people, the teachings of the great Peacemaker, the political history of his forefathers and sought out the great medicine men of the Haudenosaunee.
Read more WHAT IS INDIGENOUS “MEDICINE”? Part 1 [article] [YouTube]
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)
“All time is contained within 4 eras. We are coming to the end of the third and about to enter the fourth. It has all happened before.” -Mad Bear
Our indigenous traditional elders are keenly aware of the cyclic nature of time. They understand that humanity is leaving the 4th World and transitioning/ascending into the 5th as prophesied. This adjustment in the Galactic Timepiece is not to be feared. Algonquin elder Michael Bastine (Mad Bear’s apprentice) remarked, “Some people say it’s the end of the world. It’s the end of the world as they know it.” Prophecies of “End Times” are abound yet the overwhelming consensus of our indigenous Traditional Elders from all 4 directions affirm that this event, overall, will be of great benefit to our Mother Earth and those that walk softly on her with all living beings great & small. At the same time, those who have turned a blind eye to the sentient living universe around them will have to pay a heavy price via purification.
We who are of One Heart & One Mind have an active role to play as this cosmic detox begins. We have to heal and become whole on the inside. We have to cleanse the mind, spirit & body so that we can become a clear conduit between the 4 directions, Earth & Sky. We must attune to the Galactic Timepiece, the galactic heart of the universe that beats with the utmost precision. As above, so below!
Speaker/Mad Bear: Time is ever so short! You must, right now straighten this out, between yourself, the Creator and my people. We are gathering our nations together! You must gather yours together! To return back to the spiritual way of life; to return back as the Creator has intended. Or this whole world will be destroyed.
We are here today under our grandfather the Sun who is our witness and we have come here to deliver a message to all of you people, to all of our brothers & sisters to tell you that there are many things that are happening in this world now, and that we who are close to the forces of nature, close to the land and the spirits, and close to the Creator, know how to interpret these things, according to our prophecies.
Our Unity Caravan to begin with, began on August 21, 1967, at the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, near Bethany, New York. We called an emergency council, an emergency convention. We sent notices to all of our brothers & sisters, to come and meet with us because we saw a great problem facing our people.
Read more TIME FOR INTER-TRIBAL UNITY [ Call-To-Action speech] [transcript]