“In his lifelong solitude the Naskapi [Indian] hunter has to rely on his own inner voices and unconscious revelations; he has no religious teachers who tell him what he should believe, no rituals, festivals, or customs to help him along. In his basic view of life, the soul of man is simply an inner companion, whom he calls “my friend” or Mista’peo, meaning “Great Man.”

…Those Naskapi who pay attention to their dreams and who try to find their meaning and test their truth can enter into a deep connection with the Great Man. He favors such people and sends them more and better dreams. Thus, the major obligation of an individual Naskapi is to follow the instructions given by his dreams, and then to give permanent form to their contents in art.”  

–  excerpt from Man and His Symbols, by Carl Jung


How many of us really listen and pay attention to our dreams, to the voice of our own “Great Man?”

Given the state of affairs in our world, my guess is not that many.

We have an entire inner world that many of us don’t pay attention to. Or if we do, it’s like we give it a “That’s nice, dear” every now and again, just to stay friendly.

But imagine this:  what if we had no outer influences, teachers, rituals, customs, traditions, etc to tell us what to do, how to be and what to pay attention to? What if we ONLY had our inner voice, our own Mista’peo to rely on for guidance?

I imagine we’d live in a much different world.


Photo by Joshua Earle

Photo by Joshua Earle


3 thoughts on “Mista’peo

  1. Hi friends! Can anyone show me an authentic image, or graphic representation of “Mista’peo” ?! I’m from Brazil, and recently finished the reading of Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbols. Loved the book, and can’t get Mista’peo idea out of my mind!!

    Thanks in advance if somebody answer me!

    Best regards,


    • Hi Fabio!

      I wish I could give you more information, but I have only ever heard of Mista’peo in the same book (Man and His Symbols by Jung).

      Maybe Mista’peo prefers to remain in the realm of dreams…

      Good luck,

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