Sweetgrass

Theresa Meuse

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ISBN: 9781771089333

Sweetgrass

  Author:   Theresa Meuse  
  Artist :   Arthur Stevens    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited

A modern story of traditional Indigenous knowledge that follows a young boy and his Auntie as they gather and braid sweetgrass, one of the four sacred medicines.

It’s early July, and for Matthew and his Auntie that means one thing: time to go sweetgrass picking. This year, Matthew’s younger cousin Warren is coming along, and it will be his first time visiting the shoreline where the sweetgrass grows.

With Auntie’s traditional Mi’kmaw knowledge and Matthew’s gentle guidance, Warren learns about the many uses for sweetgrass—as traditional medicine, a sacred offering, a smudging ingredient—and the importance of not picking more than he needs. Once the trio is back at Auntie’s house, she shows the boys how to clean and braid the grass.

From the duo behind the bestsellers The Gathering and The Sharing Circle, this heartfelt story about the gifts we receive from Mother Earth and how to gather them respectfully offers thoughtful insight into a treasured Mi’kmaw tradition.

Sweetgrass grows in wet meadows, low prairies, and the edges of sloughs and marshes . It grows from Labrador to Alaska, south to New Jersey, Indiana, Iowa, New Mexico, and Arizona. Widely used by North American indigenous peoples from many different Nations, it is also considered one of the “four sacred medicines” by many Plains Indians.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771089333
Item NB1567
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited
Published on May 31 2022
Language eng
Pages 32
Format Paperback
Dimensions8(in) x 9(in)
Shipping weight(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED
Born and raised in the Bear River First Nation community, Theresa Meuse is a First Nations educator and advisor. She is the author of The Sharing Circle, and has contributed articles to the Mi'kmaq Anthology (volumes 1 and 2) and the book L'sitkuk: The Story of the Bear River Mi'kmaw Community. Theresa lives in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia.

Arthur Stevens is a Mi'kmaw artist and member of Millbrook First Nation Band. He holds a diploma in Commercial Design from Holland College. As an illustrator and graphic designer his work has been exhibited throughout Atlantic Canada. Currently employed in the publishing/design industry, Arthur continues to work with numerous First Nations organizations and individuals to promote what he feels is a diverse and remarkable culture.