Native Youth Leadership Alliance

(Katie Swan) Our Foods Are Our Medicine! Muckleshoot Harvest Festival

 

I attended Muckleshoot Harvest Festival on October 12th at the Muckleshoot Tribal College.  This was a small event and I attended sessions including two types of medicine making, jam making and lip balm.  The sessions were very well led and through the rich knowledge shared regarding the foods and medicines I learned a lot.

The first demonstration was Elderberry syrup, types of this berry grow in Washington State.  The syrup (medicine) was made by making juice from the berries and mixing it with honey infused with Osha (another local medicial plant).   The resulting product was described as a flu shot of sorts because the syrup (medicine) helps with colds and the flu virus.

This event was very beneficial to me, the knowledge gained can be shared in the future with the NYLA group in the future!  I also really enjoyed learning from Valerie Segrest, who was one of the main organizers for the event and a leader locally and nationally on food sovereignty in Native communities.

See Katie’s NYLA Profile

 

I attended Muckleshoot Harvest Festival on October 12th at the Muckleshoot Tribal College.  This was a small event and I attended sessions including two types of medicine making, jam making and lip balm.  The sessions were very well led and through the rich knowledge shared regarding the foods and medicines I learned a lot.

The first demonstration was Elderberry syrup, types of this berry grow in Washington State.  The syrup (medicine) was made by making juice from the berries and mixing it with honey infused with Osha (another local medicial plant).   The resulting product was described as a flu shot of sorts because the syrup (medicine) helps with colds and the flu virus.

This event was very beneficial to me, the knowledge gained can be shared in the future with the NYLA group in the future!  I also really enjoyed learning from Valerie Segrest, who was one of the main organizers for the event and a leader locally and nationally on food sovereignty in Native communities.

See Katie’s NYLA Profile

My daughter Alexis harvesting chokecherries earlier this year.