Winter Projects: Marigold Seed Saving

I’ve been growing my own marigolds from seed for many years now. They are quite easy to save seed from, once you know what you’re doing. Since fall is a chaotic season that leaves little time for non-time-sensitive projects, I tend to save my marigold seed-saving activities for the winter. Once a flower head driesContinue reading “Winter Projects: Marigold Seed Saving”

Harvesting ingredients for Nettle-Basil Pesto

Here are some of the ingredients I harvested in September for my ultra-local nettle-basil pesto. The nettles came from the grove in my backyard. The basil came from the garden in the front. The types of basil I used here are Opal Basil (Ocimum basilicum purpurascens) and Thai Basil (Ocimum Basilicum  var. thyrsiflora). Opal Basil, the darkContinue reading “Harvesting ingredients for Nettle-Basil Pesto”

Uŋskúyeča na úta: Burr oaks and acorns

Acorn (úta) season is finally here! Acorns have been one of my favorite foods since childhood. The acorns we have in this area, Uŋskúyeča, Burr Oak, or Quercus macrocarpa, are thought of as some of the best in North America, due to their more tannic acid content. I’m happy to report that I didn’t makeContinue reading “Uŋskúyeča na úta: Burr oaks and acorns”

Tincture Making: Curlycup Gumweed / Pteíčhiyuȟa

I wanted to share a few pictures of my Curlycup Gumweed / Pteíčhiyuȟa tincture. It’s a very simple recipe, but has helped me tremendously with breathing problems during the winter months. So I wanted to share this for others who might also want to try making this medicine. Generally, tincturing with alcohol is a wayContinue reading “Tincture Making: Curlycup Gumweed / Pteíčhiyuȟa”

Elderberry (Čháŋ phuté hú) Harvest

Elderberries are one of my favorite medicinal berries. They are one of the only antiviral medicines that are effective in shortening the length of flu viruses, as well as the severity. Elderberry syrup is also an excellent cough medicine, and can help to nip a cold or other winter illness in the bud. And thisContinue reading “Elderberry (Čháŋ phuté hú) Harvest”

Curlycup Gumweed

Pteíčhiyuȟa. Grindelia squarrosa. Curlycup Gumweed. This is one of the yellow flowers you’ll find growing by the side of the road this time of year — not just in the Dakotas, but across North America. This is the time of year to harvest it! If you look at the underside of the flower, you canContinue reading “Curlycup Gumweed”

Úma: Hazelnut Portrait

Hazelnut trees (Úmahu) don’t grow on Standing Rock. They thrive in wetter climates. I have seen this indigenous tree growing wild in Minnesota and Manitoba. The nuts are ready for harvest in the fall. They grow in clusters of four, forming a beautiful star shape. I just had to take a picture of this beautifulContinue reading “Úma: Hazelnut Portrait”

Herb Care Package Portrait

Just a quick still-life shot from earlier in the summer, of an herbal care package I was mailing to a friend who was sick. From left to right: Pȟežíȟota apé blaska, ziŋtkála tȟačháŋ, pȟežíȟota swúla, ȟaŋté, pȟežíȟota waštémna, čhaŋíčhaȟpe hú apé. (I’m not going to translate for this one, but if you’re interested and don’tContinue reading “Herb Care Package Portrait”

White Waštémna?!

Yesterday, I went out to harvest this plant that has so many names in Lakota and English — waȟpé waštémna, heȟáka tȟapȟéžuta, wild bergamot, beebalm, elk medicine, Monarda fistulosa. I was surprised to find, in addition to the many magenta flowerheads that were popping out of the hillside to announce their presence, a small numberContinue reading “White Waštémna?!”