Sheet’ká Kwáan to host traditional foods and medicines series

(UPDATED SCHEDULE)

Join Vivian Mork (Yéilk’, T’akdeintaan) and Naomi Michalsen (Kaasei, Wooshkeetaan Toos Hit) — for a series of events sharing traditional plants knowledge, including information on respectful stewardship, harvesting and processing practices. Participants may also help to prepare food and gifts for the Yaaw Koo.éex’ Herring Ceremony (1 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at Harrigan Centennial Hall).

Learn about spring vegetables, spring spices and spring medicinals, such as deer heart, fireweed shoots, fiddleheads, beach lovage, Labrador tea, sea chickweed, salmonberry shoots, dandelions, wild celery, plantain, watermelon berry shoots, popweed, usnea, devil’s club and more.

The Wednesday opening ceremony for the Traditional Foods & Medicine series has been CANCELLED due to weather. Please join us at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, at Totem Park instead for a series introduction and plant identification walk. Additional schedule updates are below. Please help us spread the word. Details on what to bring to be prepared have also been added to the event description.

WEDNESDAY, April 6

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

THURSDAY, April 7

10am-Noon @ Totem Park. Series Introduction & Plant ID Walk.

2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

FRIDAY, April 8

10am-Noon @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvesting, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

SATURDAY, April 9

Noon @ Baranof Street Cross Trail Entrance. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

SUNDAY, April 10

Noon @ Baranof Street Cross Trail Entrance. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

TUESDAY, April 12
10am-Noon @ Location TBD. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.
2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

WEDNESDAY, April 13
10am-Noon @ Location TBD. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.
2pm-4pm @ HPR Rec Main Shelter. Harvest, Processing, Respectful Stewardship Session.

Southeast Alaska Traditional Plants Summit and Celebration goes online on Oct. 1-3

The Southeast Alaska Traditional Plants Summit and Celebration will take place on Oct. 1-3 using Zoom online meetings. There will be presentations from 1-4 p.m. each day, a plant talk meet-and greet from 4-5 p.m., and interactive discussions from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This event is open to elders, youth, harvesters, and interested community members. It is a virtual gathering to bring together Alaska Native plant harvesters from around Southeast Alaska to learn, appreciate, and network with each other to celebrate traditional edible and medicinal plants, and to discuss and share respectful harvesting guidelines, protocols, and best practices to share with their communities. The summit will also feature plant videos and a food sovereignty showcase of projects from around Southeast Alaska.

The event will use Zoom, but people can call in by telephone, if desired. Registration is required. There is no cost to join. Here is the link to register, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdeqoqDorGNGTDAXMAApAttDZdC99S-c0. To access a draft schedule, click this link.

This event is being organized by the Sustainable Southeast Partnership, the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Spruce Root, Kaasei Training and Consulting, and Planet Alaska, with support from the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF). Special thanks to Haa Tóo Yéi Yatee culture camp and Huna Heritage Foundation.

We are thankful to our respectful harvesting working group for helping plan this event and draft a white paper of respectful harvesting guidelines for Southeast Alaska, based on the work of the Kayaaní Commission and harvesters from around Southeast Alaska. These guidelines will be sent to all registered participants to be discussed at the last evening session. For questions, please contact Jennifer Nu at jennifer@sawcak.org