This unique store is located in The Pas. The Owner Robert Nabess makes many traditional items for sell, will custom make items for you and also has others who make items for his store. They will also do repairs on items. When you look around his store you see a lot of tradition and truth. Robert Nabess is truly a gifted person, and has a gentle soul.

A friend told me the story of where the name came from. “It took place back 11 years ago, he said he was in Nelson House, which is about two and half to three hours north by Thompson. Robert was doing a four day fast, with elders and when he was done; one of the elders had given him his native name “White Feather”. You could tell that Robert takes pride his name, as his eyes lit up. He said that he was so happy that he called his mom as soon as he got to a phone. When on the phone with his mother, as he was trying to tell her about his name, but she had cut him off, and started telling him about the dream she had. The dream that she had was about the two of them opening up a store in The Pas called White Feather, in other words the spirits where talking to her in her dreams. Robert said he know that was a great sign for his mother did not know his giving name yet, which than he said a week later he had moved to The Pas and was on his new journey with the name White Feather and all of it meaning and gifts it bought. “

Robert was doing a four day fast during which he found out his Native Name. There are many rituals in the Aboriginal culture which include fasting. Vision Quests are one type of ceremony which use fasting. They are an attempt to achieve a vision of a future guardian spirit. The Sun Dance is another fasting ceremony. This ceremonial dance is performed by Plains Indians in honor of the sun at the summer solstice. This ceremony contained many days of fasting, group dancing and no sleep. This type of ritualized self-torture is to prove your bravery and can induce a vision or a trance-like state. In the Aboriginal culture there are many ceremonies to enhance your relationship with the creator.

David Wade, Barb and Joanne said thanks.

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Kelly Barr

I have been married for 15 years and am the mother of 2 small children. I grew up in BC but now live in Northern Manitoba to fight the winters and the mosquitoes!

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