|Oil floating in a stream by a Beaver Dam & creek|
I felt so grateful today because there is a medicine I have been trying to find that could help my uncle with his cancer & it’s hard to find now because it’s habitat is being threatened. When we were taken to the sight, we all did our tobacco offerings. All five of us worked together to help me find this medicine for my uncle. We walked in the muskeg so far in water & I felt so grateful for all the support, we worked together for one cause ~ to help my uncle! As we walked, we looked and looked for about 30 minutes. I showed them all a picture of the plant because most of us never saw this medicine, & we couldn’t find it right away. So as I was walking, I started to pray for my uncle & asked the spirit medicine to show it’s self, within 5 minutes I saw it. It was so amazing, I felt my heart warm & a tear drop, I felt kinânaskomotinan (so grateful with much humility & respect). Once we all saw the medicine, it was like it was jumping out at us. We made sure to leave some there. For instance, if we saw four, we left one so they can still grow, repopulate, we never take more than we need.
Yes, was a great day of a lot of medicines and we gathered more berries than the day before by Hilda Lake.
When we got back to camp, I called my uncle & told him what we found, he was so happy. I felt so happy to be able to tell him we found what could help him, hopefully I will see him tomorrow. He might come out here to pick up the medicine & maybe then my new found friends can meet my nohtwayis (my little father) I love so much.
Well we ended our day sharing stories around the camp fire with brief periods of rain. I hung my medicines to dry & laid the others out to dry.
Later I took our Elder out to Cold Lake to get rubber boots & I picked up a propane heater because it’s getting cold at nights now & my Half Inuit Oven (Ken hee, hee) is warm at home gathering medicines in the Kehewin area.
Today was a good day to be “Indigenous”!