- Supposedly coined in 1902 by American ethnologist John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt using a Wyandot (Iroquoian) cognate to Mohawk orę́˙naʔ ("inherent power"). (Wiktionary)
“The Indians wanted very much to observe Champlain himself and judge the strength of his vital spirit, which the Huron called orenda.”
“In a land dominated by disparate native tribes, some wanting trade, others wanting scalps, having good orenda is a must.”
“One ethnohistorian has written of the Indian belief that “orenda can reside in an object, and clearly guns had power.””
“They believed that all natural things had orenda in different degrees.”
“Good hunters had strong orenda, more so than the animals they killed.”
“It was an act of extravagant generosity—and a splendid display of orenda.19”
“Among the Indians, his abstinence added to his orenda, or spiritual power.69”
“For discussion of orenda, see William Engelbrecht, Iroquoia, 4–6, 145–46; Hope L.”
“A great noble of the Iroquois nation" wouldn't have called on "manitou, the great spirit in things"; he'd have called it "orenda.”
“Within the circle of dancers the shaman stood unterrified, uttering his threatenings and adjurations and performing his exorcisms against the foes of his people and their orenda or "medicine," when there would come a pause in the dancing.”
Indians of North Carolina: Letter from the Secretary of the Interior, Transmitting, in Response to a Senate Resolution of June 30, 1914, a Report on the Condition and Tribal Rights of the Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties of North Carolina
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