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Medicines to Help Us: Traditional Métis Plant Use - Study Prints & Resource Guide
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

Based on Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s painting “Medicines to Help Us,” this innovative and vibrant resource honours the centuries-old healing traditions of Métis women.

In the Michif language, the words for medicine include "Mhaskigi," "Maskihkiya," and "Askipasan."  Within each word is an innate awareness that the healing power of plants is a life force generated from the strength of Mother Earth.

Medicines to Help Us: Traditional Métis Plant Use is a stunning set of 30 full-colour gallery-quality study prints and an accompanying companion guide in which Christi Belcourt fuses her evocative artwork with research on plants and traditional knowledge to explore traditional Métis medicinal knowledge and the medicinal properties of the plants depicted in her painting.  This innovative and vibrant resource honours the centuries-old healing traditions of Métis woman.

Filled with full-colour photographs, maps, illustrations, and the names of plants listed in three Aboriginal languages - Michif, Nehiyawewin (Cree), and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway) - each study print showcases a type of wild plant that can be found in one or all of the provinces of the Métis Homeland, from Ontario to British Columbia.  In addition, the reverse sides of the 8.5" x 11" study prints can be assembled to recreate a highly detailed 60" replica of Belcourt's painting.

Along with an essay by Elder Rose Richardson on her first-hand experience in using medicinal plants, this compelling one-of-a-kind resource melds Métis contemporary art and the floral motif within Métis beadwork with Métis traditional knowledge.

Educator Information
Translators: Laura Burnoff and Rita Flamand

Elder Validation: Rose Richardson

Format: Prints and Book.  Written in English with plant names in three languages: Michif, Nehiyawewin (Cree), and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway)

 

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$90.00

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Roogaroo Mickey
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

Telling stories has been a Métis tradition for generations. Papayrs or Mooshums and Mamayrs or Kookhums share stories with their grandchildren, parents share stories with their children, and friends share stories with one another! Some stories are for fun while other stories teach lessons to young ones, and some do both. The favoured stories of many are those about tricksters like Chi-Jean or about Roogaroos, the Métis werewolf. In Roogaroo Mickey, Mamayr tells Louis and Charlie a Roogaroo story from when she was a little girl. But Roogaroos aren’t real …, right?

Comes with a CD featuring the English and Michif narrations of the book.

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$15.00

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The Diamond Willow Walking Stick
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;

Leah Marie Dorion's The Diamond Willow Walking Stick: A Traditional Métis Story About Generosity focuses on a Métis Elder's remembrances of traditional teachings about generosity that were taught to him by his grandparents during his childhood. These lifelong lessons imparted on him "how to live in a good Métis way," and taught him how to live with respect within the circle of life. In this charming children's book, the third in an ongoing series on traditional Métis culture, author and illustrator Leah Marie Dorion takes the reader on another enchanting journey while once again honouring the special bond between Métis children and their grandparents. With breathtaking artwork and an elegant Michif translation by Norman Fleury, this heartfelt, coming of age story will resonate with both young and old. This book also includes a chart on the uses of the willow tree and an accompanying narration CD in English and Michif-Cree. This retelling of a traditional Métis story is most suitable for younger children.

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$15.00

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