West Kootenay Elder Harvests Medicine Roots in Monashee Mountains – MNBC

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West Kootenay Elder Harvests Medicine Roots in Monashee Mountains – MNBC

by ahnationtalk on January 27, 202120 Views

One Elder in the Kootenay Region West community is helping to connect Métis to their heritage through leading natural medicine picking in the Monashee Mountian. Read his account of the first workshop, hosted last fall.

Article submitted by Elder Reuben Ahlstrom (Beaver)

This past September, Métis of Nelson (Kootenay Region West) participated in a wild country workshop. The group picked natural medicines 4,000 feet above sea level on traditional Sinixt territory in the Monashee Mountains. Bear Root, also known as Osha, was the main plant that was harvested. It was a staple of the high mountain tribes of the East West Kootenay Region used in bartering for other staples. This trading occurred all along the Columbia and other rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean.

Read More: https://www.mnbc.ca/news/2021/west-kootenay-elder-harvests-medicine-roots-in-monashee-mountains/

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