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Seclusion Hut: Traditional Plant Uses and Community Wellness

Festival Details - "Seclusion Hut: Traditional Plant Uses and Community Wellness"...

Start: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:00PM
End: TBD

6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24Online

Join Tlingit traditional healer, certified massage therapist, Historical Trauma and Healing trainer and ethnoherbalist Meda DeWitt for a virtual discussion of traditional healing practices and the importance of coming-of-age ceremonies, menstruation hut and women's rituals within Tlingit culture, past and present. This week, Tlingit ethnoherbalists come together to talk about traditional plant uses and community wellness.

Trixie Bennett. yoo xát duwasáakw; Yéil naax xát site; Kaach.ádi áyá xát; Shtax’héen Kwáan áyá xát; Tahltan dachxán áyá xát; Nanyaa.aayi.yadi; Member of the Tlingit Nation originating from Kaalch’al aan.

Trixie (Kalkins) Bennett was born and raised in Wrangell, before moving to Ketchikan in 1990. Since 2018, Trixie has served as a tribal leader with the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council and the Southeast Indigenous Transboundary Commission to advocate for clean water and responsible development. She also continues to advocate for improved health care and wellness for our people, for tribal hire and staff development, and Trixie is enjoying her time spent developing her knowledge and love of plant medicine and traditional healing. Ever since she was young, Trixie has felt rooted in nature and it is her desire to share the magic of plants as food and medicine to all people, especially the indigenous people of Haa Aani.

Yéilk’ Vivian Mork. Lingít x’éináx Yéilk’ yóo xat duwasáakw. Dleit káa x’éináx Vivian Mork yóo xat duwasáakw. Yéil naax xat sitee. T’akdeintaan áyá xat. Tax’ hít dax. Teikweidí yadí áyá xat. Hawaiian ka Norwegian yadí áyá xat. Kaagwaantaan dachxán áyá xat. Sámi ka Irish ka Finnish áyá xat. Kachxana.aakw kuxdzitee ku.aa Xunaa kaawu dax.

Vivian is an ethnobotanist and traditional foods and medicine educator. She has been working with traditional foods and medicines all of her life. She is co-owner of Planet Alaska. Planet Alaska is a business with the purpose of perpetuating culture and a portion of the procedds are used to create local classes for Alaskans. Vivian is a columnist for the Juneau Empire and shares the column with her mother Vivian Faith Prescott. Her work has appeared in Edible Alaska, Capital City Weekly, Juneau Empire, Yellow Medicine Review, and First Alaskans Magazine.

Daaskawaa Schleifman's Lingit name is Daaskawaa. Her clan is Naanyaa.aayi, she is a child of the Ishkitaan, and her family comes from Shtuxeen kwaan, Yakutat, Taku Kwaan, and the Teslin Yukon Territories. She currently lives in Southcentral Alaska with her family. She will be celebrating her 8th birthday.

This free SEED Lab program is part of the North x North Festival. Sign up here. Log-in instructions will be provided in the confirmation email. Learn more about North x North and view an event schedule at anchoragemuseum.org/nxn. 


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Anchorage Museum
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK United States

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