Learning About Medicine Bags
Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have been using gifts from the Creator for medicinal purposes since we first touched down on Mother Earth. Our medicines all have their own purpose and use and were given to different tribes and nations to be used respectfully. Indigenous people have carried medicines with them throughout their day to day lives to keep them safe from all types of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual influences.
Some examples of the medicines included are:
- Flagroot: Carried on the person to keep away snakes.
- Dogbane: Used as a protective charm against evil influence or against bad medicine.
- Seneca snakeroot: Used as a charm for safety on a journey.
- Milkwort: Carried on the person for general health and for safety on a journey.
This week, Grandmother Kim will teach us about Medicine Bags and how they are used today, who uses them, and eventually, she will show us how to make our own at home! The new Everyday Wellness video below will give you a good introduction to medicine bags and what you can expect to learn throughout the Medicine Bag series.