Learning the medicine of Native plants by Kalvin Valdillez

“Each of these plants, they all have different purposes,” said Tulalip tribal member Shane McLean. “The sage is good for individual work, for personal prayers, and the cedar is good for clearing out bad energy. Continue reading

Camas meadow a teacher for future generations by Michael Rios

Tribal elders led a planting ceremony that included University of Washington students, faculty, and visitors on the afternoon of December 3. In the spirit of growing partnerships and sharing the importance of land cultivation, the memorable gathering occurred near the new Burke Museum’s entrance. Home to a future Camas meadow. Continue reading

Our Relative, Stinging Nettle by Linda Black Elk

You’d be surprised how often I get asked questions like “what is your favorite plant” and “if you could take only one plant to the moon with you, which would it be?” I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these questions. As an ethnobotanist, a plant person, and a healer, I can’t say that I have a favorite plant, but if I had to choose…the first plant that comes to mind every single time, is the aptly named…stinging nettle. Continue reading

Wild Edibles Traditional Medicine: Plantains by Linda Black Elk

A friend once told me that “everyone who works with plants has a miraculous story about plantain.” I have found this to be very true. I often tell the story of the little girl who burned her foot in the sweat lodge and was able to completely heal her massive, painful blisters in less than an hour. Continue reading