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Earth Lodge Harvests Sage (Mshkodewashk) at RMNP

Treaty 2 Territory- Earth Lodge Keeper, Allen Sutherland (Waabshkii Masinazoot Michtaatim) and Earth Lodge Development Helper, Renée McGurry spent an afternoon harvesting white sage at Wasagaming. Before harvesting, Allen started with a prayer of thanks as we put down tobacco on Mother Earth. For medicinal or food purposes, white sage can be harvested any time of year. In general, how dry the plant is determines how it can be […]


Definition and Origin Treaty 2 Territory- The word “smudging” comes from “smudge,” which is English in origin. However, the term has been used widely to refer to the smudging ceremonies of First Nations peoples, in which sacred herbs and medicines are burned as part of a ritual, or for cleansing or health purposes. Indigenous peoples have their […]