By Julie Davis, RhPAP Community Consultant
I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon last week with a very passionate and diverse group of folks interested in sharing and learning about the medicinal use of local plants used by the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) people.
Piikani Elder Shirlee Crow Shoe, and Blackfoot traditional wellness worker (AHS) Sylvia Ann Fox, generously shared stories and their knowledge of these plants, as we connected, chatted and gathered medicine.
Elder Shirlee Crow Shoe developed a resource for junior high students to help them understand how topographical features influenced the lifestyle and culture of the “Amsskaapipikani" (South Piikani tribe).
The Seasonal Round, assists in understanding the concepts of time and the seasons in the historical perspective of the Amsskaapipikani and their relationship with the land.
Many thanks to AHS, Fort Macleod Housing Coalition, and FCSS, for sponsoring the day; Karen for driving us all around the land; and Jody Francis, Fort Macleod’s Housing Liason Worker, for organizing the day. I look forward to your next Niitsitapi learning session!