Archives for 2001
Alliance of the Four Directions Elders Project
Resulted in a book, Awn Rond, Métis Elders Stories. See our Métis Market for more information.
A Place of Heart: Building Strong Homes
Sponsored by the National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention
The gathering is based on the philosophies of the four directions of the Ojibwe medicine wheel. We have chosen the gifts of the southern door as a guide for our program. Our women and their children will learn about respectful living. Zhaawnong – the southern door – is the place of the heart. It teaches us generosity, sensitivity, loyalty and love. Zhaawnong teaches us to express our feelings openly and freely in ways that do not hurt others.
Traditional Bush Medicines
Following is a sample of a series of teaching cards designed for public school on traditional medicine plants. Pussy Willow: Most Iroquois children know the legend of how the pussy willow came to be from an adventurous rabbit who climbed too high in a tree. The pussy willow branches contain natural aspirin and are a headache remedy and used to treat sore throats. The leaves are used in poultices for sores, cuts, wounds, and bruises. Ojibwe used the inner bark of willow to make baskets and small net twine to snare rabbits and squirrels. Deer prefer the leaves as forage.