Soaugi (Funeral)


The Eastern Woodland American Native Memorial service.

A Native American Soaugi (Funeral) not to be confused with

a Crossing Ceremony is a sacred ceremony of the Moiigan tribe.

The Moiigans (Maïngan – Yáw – meaning Wolf-People)!

It was from the tribes now lost in the shuffle so to speak, by new government regulations of our people in most tribes along the east coast.

Although it is a sacred ceremony, family, friends and guest of the loved one are invited to join in with a few demanded exceptions.

Absolutely no recording of any kind strictly enforced.

A memorial service (Soaugi) is not a ceremony as you know it, it is a prayer.

There are still over 1500 tribe’s in Indian Country, as with ceremony (prayer), they all have some type of funeral arrangement.

Our memorial service is not like most of the funeral’s that I have attended throughout the years.

That is not saying anything good or bad, about any service!

This prayer service is in two parts, not counting any religious service that may take place before ours.

As a Spiritual leader, asked to care for the loved one, it is preferred to allow any other religion first to help avoid any possibility of adding to the family’s grief.

This ceremony is much longer then non-native ceremonies and usually at the burial of the loved one, unless family prefer incineration of course.

The first part of our Soaugi will be with all that wish to attend, remember

recording is allowed.

The friendship pipe is passed around, after some short prayers with the loved one.

Not sure that everyone knows, you do not have to smoke or even put the pipe to your lips, if you wish just hold the pipe in your right hand and touch some part of the pipe with your left hand

(you may or may not know that the left hand is closest to your heart)?

Pray if you wish and pass to the next in line.

If you are not sure if you can or should stay for the complete service, please rethink this?

Our loved one, while on the road with the ancestors to see Creator, is praying on that trip for your health and your future, we all need their prayers.

Very important, the 2nd part of the Soaugi is in the enclosed area if provided, around our loved one so allow room for those that wish to join in with the Spiritual leader around the area and be respectful.

No recording at this time please.

Native American mourning beliefs

Questions are also being asked as to ‘mourning of a crossing loved one’?

The people in our area will love and miss our loved ones, elders, and ancestors, until we cross to be with them however, traditionalist of my people know that Creator has called them home for a good reason so we must be pleased for their good fortune.

If you have not had a Soaugi for your loved one think about a Crossing Ceremony

A Traditionalist Spiritual


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