Odyssey of the Eighth Fire tells the story of a small band of people who journeyed on a sacred walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean over eight months in 1995-96 under the Algonquin teachings of the Seven Fires, and the sign of the Whirling Rainbow (Sunbow).
I began writing and publishing the tale of our walk on this web site, day by day, beginning June 23, 2006 on steadily until February 2, 2007, when a resting time commenced.
Beyond the basic story of a band of pilgrims off on a mission to understand and to care for our earth, Odyssey of the 8th Fire is a compendium of teachings that we gathered as we walked from east to west. We met with dozens of learned elders as we traveled; they generously shared with us the wisdom traditions of Turtle Island (North America). Those teachings -- long ago left by the side of the trail -- are faithfully reported herein.
Our story of spiritual adventure involves untold U.S. and world history, pressing environmental and social issues, a convoluted web of personal relationships, and a wealth of spiritual insight with direct relevance for our era.
As world culture continues on a larger, more challenging journey from an old time to a new time, our long walk may serve to illumine some of the steps. Toward this end, I create a place in the web to tell the Odyssey of the Eighth Fire. -- Hecha ta ho, Meegwich.
- Steven McFadden
Read the Prologue to Odyssey of the 8th Fire