Category Archives: Plants and Medicine

Birch Syrup Video: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Making birch syrup is a great traditional way to greet the spring. Christine Ravenis’s photos are the next best thing to being there (if only they could include a taste.) This presentation by Solomon Ratt is equal parts dialogue-style text, … Continue reading

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Four Sacred Smudges & Protocol

Thanks to Ramona Washburn sharing this great poster identifying the four sacred medicines used for smudging.

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Traditional Indigenous Knowledge / Science Resources for Teachers #CreeSimonSays

Thanks to #CreeSimonSays on Facebook for inspiring this conversation, and thanks to the teachers who contributed with their favourite resources. I was intrigued with some of the additional titles a quick Google search turned up. I can’t speak to the … Continue reading

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Knighton Hillstrom on Medicinal Plants via Cathy Wheaton at Lac LaRonge

têniki to Cathy Wheaton for permission to share this video recorded at Lac la Ronge Indian Band Health Services (LLRIBHS) Cultural Gathering in La Ronge, August 2017. Our instructor is Knighton Hillstrom who teaches us about handling the plants with respect … Continue reading

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Muskeg Tea: kâkikêpakwa / maskêkopakwa

From “Irene Muswagon’s Herbal Remedies,” Chapter VIII in Norway House Anthology: Stories of the Elders, Volume I by Byron Apetagon, pp. 52-53. Frontier School Division No. 48. Muskeg Tea kâkikêpakwa means “forever leaves” in Cree. kâkikêpakwa plants grow in areas where … Continue reading

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