Meadow Habitat

Meadow Habitat

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Meadow Habitat

Meadow Habitat

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An explanation about the importance of meadows to Native peoples.

Meadow Habitat

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Kevin Gover.

"…a landscape can be tended without being rigidly organized by its keepers and that to me reflects the condition of the Americas at the time of the arrival of the Europeans. Many Native peoples look to the moon, sun, the weather, and animals as guides for when to gather a plant. The meadow was an important source of medicinal plants used by traditional healers.

Renée Gokey is Eastern Shawnee and Sac-and-Fox.

"When you go out with the intention of gathering, you observe, you look around. I've found that the plants grow in families. So just like us they'll have the grandparent plants, the mother, the father, they'll have the babies. You never take the littlest baby you don't take the elder plant. So you might ask permission to take something in the middle so that it can regenerate itself. It's been a teaching in our family that you always leave something for the plant, for the animal whether it's a little rock, whether it's a coin, maybe have a penny – something symbolic to thank the plant."

Shirley Cloud-Lane.

"In my Navajo way, plants are identified as male or female and it is important, it has to do with like when you're preparing medicine. Some medicines call for a male plant which sometimes would be more powerful than a female depe nding on the plant and sometimes the female's a little more powerful than the male plant. It just depends on what you're trying to …mix up…"

"I was raised by my grandfather … a Navajo herbalist and I went on many many excursions with him when he was out preparing himself to go and pick plants. he would do a sweat which would cleanse his body of all bad things and then he would do prayers to cleanse his mind when he found the plant there were certain words that had to be spoken over the plant asking it permission, letting the plant know the reason why it was chosen. Then an offering was often given. ..tududin which is corn pollen.