Each person attracts spirit entities who may attend them according to their needs and backgrounds. It is said bands may include: a master teacher, American Indian(s), a healing doctor, a guide, a gatekeeper, teachers, counselors, seers and others according to the personality attraction of the subject. It is generally accepted the guide may have the strongest relationship and may stay for the lifetime of the person.
As defined by the Indian Act, a Band is a body of Indians for whose common use and benefit lands have been set aside or monies held by the Government of Canada or declared by the Governor in Council to be a Band. Today, many Bands prefer to be known as First Nations.