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.

giving thanks for the strawberry

wild strawberries are now being picked for ceremony

close-up of shoulder

women dancing at the strawberry ceremonies

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One response

  1. Beautiful! 🙂

    June 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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