Our culture includes traditional Dances, Drumming, songs, Medicines and teachings. Historically, Native families passed down teachings and ways of life orally, from generation to generation. NHBP still teaches in the ways of oral tradition, but also utilizes technology to preserve our culture.
Bodwé means to put something into a fire.
Wadmi refers to the people. Bodéwadmi means “The people who maintain a fire,” also known as Fire Keepers.
Three Fires Alliance
NHBP is a Potawatomi Tribe, which is English for “Bodéwadmi.”.
The Potawatomi Tribes were given the responsibility of being the Keepers of the Fire, the Chippewa are the Keepers of the Faith and the Ottawa people are the Keepers of the Trade. These responsibilities were given to the people by the Creator to ensure that no Tribe would be left to fend for themselves. The Tribes have always been able to rely on one another.
The Three Fires Confederacy, or Alliance, promoted mutual interests between the Bodéwadmi (Potawatomi), Ojibwe (Chippewa) and Odawa (Ottawa) Tribes.
Keepers of the Fire
It is in the spirit of Native communities that every single piece of the logo relates back to Native culture. Every aspect of the logo was created with purpose and represents an aspect of NHBP’s history or culture. The Turtle artwork was created by Native artist Candi Wesaw, who is a Tribal Member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi.
The NHBP mshiké (turtle) was created to represent the different clans and where they originate from. In the logo:
The head of the mshiké is shaped like Michigan, where the NHBP people are from
The seven circles represent the Seven Grandfather Teachings
The mshiké also includes teal lines through the back which represent the “H” in Huron
The circular back represents the Medicine Wheel and was made with many lines to signify the many different teachings of the Medicine Wheel
The other rings are parts of the environment like the sun and flowers
The triangles are a form of applique, which is a piece of Potawatomi culture