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Two Spirit halfbreed led food, plant medicine, seed and sustenance sovereignty in Dish With One Spoon treaty territory. Manidoo Gaming. #rematriate

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Butchering your own moose meat to share with two spirit kin and family members, that's the dream. #twospirit #hunter #moose #medicine #wiiyas #indigenous #foodsovereignty

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In progress🙌🏽 Been working on building a new greenhouse this week with some superstar helpers. The pile of scrap plastic from our former greenhouse has transformed into a beautiful shelter that will support the lives of many plant babies to come. We are so lucky to have had the support of two badass queermos and my dad who threw down hard on helping make this structure a tangible possibility. Like woah. Gchi chi chi meegwech, Nia:wen kowa. 💚💛💜💙💗 #femmeswhobuild #twospirit #genderqueer #trans #earthwork #homobuilt #foodsovereignty #heatherontheinternet

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💕Nia:wen kowa, Gchi meegwech miniwaa Maarsii to this Nagweyaabiimkwaa💕 A belated shout out to @gray_ndn for being such a stellar garden co-parent with us this growing season!!! Between traveling to and from home and community organizing, they planted Lunaawpeew three sister seeds at the gitigaanan and showed up so hard for all the plant relatives. Quite literally helped us keep everyone alive by hulling water from the pond to hand water young plants through a draught and by warding off invasive japanese flea beatles who were attacking the flint corn, along with so many other countless acts of care throughout all stages of the gardens' lives. With planting seeds comes a lot of responsibility. We are so appreciative of your dedication and grateful for the medicine of your being. 💕 #twospiritmagic #earthwork #makoons #seedcarrier #threesisters #onenhste #mandaamin #dishwithonespoon

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Helping seed Manoomin in Pigeon Lake with my partner in food sovereignty from the jiimaan my grandfather gifted me. This was a beautiful day. Meegwech Black Duck Wild Rice. #manoomin #blackduckwildrice #anishinaabe #twospirit #jiimaan #indigenous #seedsovereignty

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Parching Manoomin with James & Daemin Whetung of Black Duck Wild Rice in Curve Lake First Nation. So many beautiful sounds and hard work goes into this labour of love. James has been devoting his life to bringing Manoomin (wild rice) back to Pamadashkodayang (Rice Lake) and Pigeon Lake where Anishinaabeg were harvesting up to 10,000 pounds of Manoomin per year at the turn of the 20th century to feed our communities and trade with other nations. Since the rise of cottage colonialism in the "Kawarthas", cottagers have historically harassed Anishinaabeg as they engage in ricing and have pulled out wild rice plants either by hand or by boat motor, choosing to regard this vital food source as undesirable "weeds". Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Anishinaabe stewards, communities of Manoomin are slowly and steadily reestablishing themselves around parts of central "Ontario". #manoomin #resurgence #anishinaabe #indigenous #foodsovereignty #endcottagecolonialism #dishwithonespoon @smorningstarr

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autumn equinox corn harvest of Haudenosaunee Black Sweet o:nenhste & Iroquois Rose flint o:nenhste ✨ #onenhste #haudenosaunee #twospirit #mashkiki #earthwork #indigenous #foodsovereignty #sustenancesovereignty #gratitude

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To:kwahre (Mohawk cranberry) osahe:ta on the left & "Blue Jay" (Mohawk) osahe:ta on the right. With the dusting of pink and blue on their shells, these Haudenosaunee beans are beyond beautiful. A note on "Heirloom seeds": Many heirloom seeds that are currently being distributed and sold by settler run seed companies on Turtle Island come from Indigenous nations and communities. The notion of an "Heirloom seed" with no recognition of where these seeds originate is a form of ongoing colonialism and erasure. #osheta #rematriate #seedstories #indigenous #mohawk #bluejaybushbean #restorying #dishwithonespoon

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last round of corn pollen at the sisters garden. #maandaamin #onenhste #sisters #potawatomi #flintcorn #earthwork #dishwithonespoon

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✨💜 new moon purple beauties indigifood harvest featuring gooseberries/ ground cherries, red clover, purple bush bean, purple peruvian potato, purple pepper, purple/black tomato 💜✨ #earthwork #earthworkrevival

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A brief snapshot on coming to know and work with GIIZISO MSHKIKI // GOLDENROD! This beautiful yellow flower grows all over these lands, it is Native to Turtle Island and elsewhere. They are growing all around us at this time in the summer. This plant contains antifungal, diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, and antiseptic properties. Their astringent properties help treat and dry out allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Their expectorant qualities can help get rid of mucous in the lungs. Their antiseptic and antimicrobial qualities can help soothe sore throats. The diuretic qualifies increase urine flow making it useful for treating UTI infections in combination with other herbs. Goldenrod can also help support kidney function. They can also help treat wounds and burns when applied to the skin in an oil or poultice. ✨✨✨✨✨✨ You can make medicine from fresh or dried herb, as a tea, tincture, oil, honey or apple cider based (use raw products if possible) infusion from the plant, to name just a few ways. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Harvest the flowers and leaves at the early stage before the buds have even opened. Squish the leaves in your fingers to see if there is a potent scent which will indicate how much medicine is present in the leaf. If the leaves have a very faint scent, use mostly early flowers in your medicine. ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨ Onkwehonwe people are plant medicine people. It's not about ego, one person's identity or social capital. In old times, so much plant medicine knowledges were common knowledge, community knowledge, day-to-day knowledge. The land was our medicine source. She still is. Let's work together to share and restore our knowledges. #manoomingiizis #goldenrod #mshkiki #indigenize #plantmedicine #decolonizeherbalism #twospirit

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Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Wiisaakode & Red River Métis hands working together to make medicine on the land on the full moon, Manoomin Giizis in August. ✨Powerful stuff✨. Here we are at yesterday's Mashkiki/ Ononhkwa:shon'a knowledge share with @catalystcommunityherbals sorting through giiziso mshkiki/ goldenrod flowers, removing stems to maximize the surface area of plant matter in the jars, once 3/4 full of flowers and some leaves, jars were filled with raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey was added to taste to make an oxymel recipe. Let everything soak and infuse for one moon cycle (one month) and strain. This is potent medicine.✨✨✨✨ #twospirit #mshkiki #oxymel #goldenrod #fullmoon #nation2nation #akii #ancestors

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DATE HAS CHANGED for our Full Moon Mshkiki Plant Medicines Garden Gathering & Knowledge Share. THIS COMING SUNDAY AUGUST 26th, 11am-4pm at our gardens!!! Come visit the gardens, talk about plant growing around us, learn about plants that are Native to Turtle Island and the Isles (Scotland, Ireland) and be on the land with these plant relatives. With Sacred Seeds Collective and Catalyst Community Herbals @catalystcommunityherbals. For Indigenous to Turtle Island identified folks only. *Two Spirit Space*. We will be making an herbal medicine to take home. Lunch made from garden goodies will be provided! ✨ Email mnowiisini@gmail.com to RSVP. Gardens are located 1.5 hour drive North of Toronto. Funds available to help with transportation costs. Please share!

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Witnessing ancestral corn grow tall while beans climb up their stocks is something special. Pottawatomi lima pole bean climbing Pottawatomi blue flint. Supporting one another, growing together.✨🌽✨ #anishinaabe #earthwork #seedsovereignty

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The Sisters garden is rapidly moving through pollination cycles. Buffalo Creek, Gete Okosomin & Lenape hybrid squashes are maturing on the vines as squash flowers continue to be pollinated by bees. Sunflowers peer over corn tops. Bean flowers turn into tiny bean pods, as the pods of other plants are bursting with oversize beans which we will dry on the stock for seed. Tobacco and sunchokes grow upwards toward the sky. The corn pollen on our Haudenosaunee black sweet corn, Lenape flint and Iroquois Rose flint has all fallen and gone on to pollinate silks. Our Dakota Black popcorn is finishing up their mating and pollinating time. It's a beautiful sight in here, even amid these apocalyptic times. Death and rebirth surrounds us. #twospirit #indigenous #foodsovereignty #sustenancesovereignty #3sisters #maandaamin #onenhste #okosomin #miskoodismin #waabigwaanan #sanctuary #transformation #lucious

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Corn smut (on our Iroquois Rose flint) only appears on the most ancient of o:nenhste/ mandaamin and their hybrids and derivatives. Smut is always a good sign! This mushroom is edible when harvested early on. #earthworkrevival #onenhste #mandaamin #cornsmut #traditional #indigenousfoods #notyourGMO #twospirit

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