Strawberries : Creators gift to the people.
One tradition of our longhouse people is to hold each spring the strawberry ceremony.
these are sacred ceremonies for traditional participants…not open for gawkers, or the public.
The wild strawberry is considered a special gift of Creator to the people he created.
it is a medicine, a sweet tasting little treasure, and reminds us to notice the small wonderful things.
Nothing in nature is really insignificant. These ceremonies remind us of our ancestors
who delighted to see this little fruit after a harsh winter of dried rations getting lower and lower.
We who can walk into a grocery store and get fruit any ol’ time might not understand such joy,
but we continue this ceremony so as to NOT forget the trials and smiles of our ancestors.