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Wild Rose and Western Red Cedar is a testament to the resurgence of knowledge about the gifts of Northwest plants. Through stories, recipes, plant profiles, photos and drawings, this book empowers readers to gather and prepare traditional foods, create healing gardens and make plant medicine. It was written to educate students in the Traditional Foods and Medicines Program at the Northwest Indian Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center and the Northwest Indian College's Traditional Plants and Foods Program. This text includes culturally sensitive information; distribution is limited to native people and those who serve their health and communities.
Author Elise Krohn is an educator, author, herbalist, and native foods specialist in the Pacific Northwest. She cultivates healing relationships between people, plants, place and cultural traditions. During 15 years teaching in tribal communities, she has worked with tribal elders and cultural specialists to create community gardens, food sovereignty resources, a program on healing addiction, and curricula on chronic disease prevention. Through leading 'train the trainers' workshops, Elise has multiplied the number of educators who are teaching about native foods and herbal medicines in tribal communities. She also has over 10 years of experience as a clinical herbalist, and has authored numerous articles on this and related topics.
Artist Corey O'Lague's ancestral name is alacolash, but most folks know him as "Bear." A member of the Quinault Indian Nation, he lives and works in the Squaxin Island community, teaches singing & drumming, and participates in Tribal Journey. He makes drums and is a carver who makes his own knives & carving tools. He enjoys weaving cedar bark into baskets, hats, and rope in the tradition of his ancestors.
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