It fills the world and everything in it. According to the Algonquin-speaking peoples, MANITOU is the primeval force which gives every animal, plant and rock their power and character.Although sometimes spoken of as a myriad of separate spirits, it is perhaps best regarded as a universal life-giving energy foce. It should not to be confused with the Algonquin deity GITCHE-MANITOU (although it often is).
The word is usually translated ‘spirit’ — but it seems to have much more in common with The Force beloved by Jedi worshippers.
As even inanimate objects contain this living spirit, you may wish to start treating your local bit of planet with a little more respect. And may the MANITOU be with you.