Traditional Medicines

Joywind and Robert have been on the ’trail’ in one form or other for about 25 years.  We cherish our traditional medicines.  We believe in gathering, harvesting, preserving and sharing.  We have chosen to eat almost 100% organic or wild foods.  We share these traditional medicines carefully.  Medicines are very important to the people and aren’t always accessible in the moments when we need them.  In fact ailments generally don’t happen when we are prepared to cure them….Also more of the Indigenous community live in urban environments and aren’t always able to gather all the medicines themselves.  But that doesn’t mean they are not allowed to have them….Harvested with respect and honour…the medicines belong to all the people and one of the things we do is share them.  Tribal Spirit carefully source or trade with people who have the heart and care to carry the medicines and we honour the effort and work it requires to maintain the traditional medicines.

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  • Bear Grease (Out of Stock)

    23$ US

    Bear Grease is a traditional native american medicine. Black Bears have an unusual amount of fat on their bodies because they spend summers building up energy for hibernation. Over the winter Bears survive on this energy through their fat build up. Our Bear Grease is 100% pure Bear Grease.  It contains no preservatives or any other additives and must be stored in a fridge or freezer.  Jars are 120 ml (4.0 US fluid oz)

    Due to a Covid-19 related cancelled bear hunt this spring, we are currently out of stock. 

    Will be re-stocked in Fall 2020. Thanks for your understanding.

  • Bear Grease Face Cream & Infection Cream

    19$ US

    Bear Grease – Goldenseal

    Goldenseal powder has been in our families ‘medicine chest’ for years.  As workers/crafters/drum makers when we cut ourselves, we reach for the goldenseal…..24 hours later all is good.  Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and  will heal an infection like nothing else I have used..  This mixture is designed to be used for any cut or scrape.  Put a small amount on the wound and then cover with a bandage…I find you can leave the bandage on for a couple days….the cut is gone!!! Ingredients include pure bear grease, almond oil, goldenseal and shea butter.  Store in the fridge long term.
     
    Bear Grease – Face Cream
     
    I am sure that some of your are going squirm at the thought of putting bear grease on your face….but seriously this is the BEST cream ever.  Joywind is an avid fan of high quality facial cream and developed this recipe to rival the most fancy/expensive organic face cream on the market.  Ingredients include: pure bear grease, sweet almond oil, bees wax, shea butter, vitamin E, essential oils: Helichrysum and Geranium.  All ingredients are organic.
  • Medicine Smudge Bags

    70$ US
    Our new Moose Leather Medicine Smudge Bags
    One of our most popular ceremonial items is our smudge kit and one of our most popular bags is our small 8″ moose saddle bag…so why not combine the two and offer a deal?  Absolutely perfect for travel, rugged, attractive and you will always be ready when a good smudge is needed.  The kit includes a farmed abalone shell (we have a beautiful selection of the nicest shells we have seen in years), a jute bag of Californian White Sage, a small feather fan that attaches to the outside of the bag and one of our hand made moose leather saddle bags.  Available in fringed style or moose antler button. Attention USA customers: we are not permitted to ship feathers into the United States.  Our thought is to add more white sage and a piece of leather to your Medicine Bag to compensate for the missing fan.  AND perhaps this is an opportunity to make your own fan. We use a small branch, drill holes and glue feathers into the branch.  Then you can wrap the wood with leather we have included.
    Please make colour requests (Gold/tan, cork/brown, black etc) in the comment section during checkout, we will do our best.
  • White Cedar Loose Leaves

    6$ US23$ US

    Cedar is generally used in smudging ceremonies for purification or cleaning.  It is one of the 4 primary medicines (Tobacco, Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar).  We gathered it locally in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec.  Coming from very old growth trees cedar is understood to carry the teachings of the ancestors.

    Available in 5″ x 7″ linen bags  2 ounces $8 and 10″ x 12″ Linen bags of 8 ounces $30

  • Raw Maple Sugar Nuggets

    4$ US

    Raw Maple Sugar Nuggets:  We are including this in our Tribal Medicine category because a “spoonful of maple sugar absolutely makes the medicine go down”. lol….This sugar is Native made by a friend of ours.  He gathers and boils maple sap every year and with some of his syrup makes raw sugar.  He also boils over an open fire….the old fashioned way..so this sugar has a wonderful smokey maple flavour.  A touch of this sugar in your coffee is pure magic….and simply popping a nugget into your mouth will bring a smile to your face and a spring in your step…try adding a bit to your spaghetti sauce…heck adding a maple nugget to anything to replace sugar improved the recipe by 100%.

  • Wild Rose Petals

    8$ US

    From our teachings Rose petals are of the direction of the north bringing wisdom into our lives.  A very cool part of a smudging ceremony these rose petals are fragrant and inspiring.  Available in 4″ x 6″ linen pouch.

  • White Sage

    4$ US47$ US

    Available as stick, 1/2 or full pound.  White or Buffalo sage is used in ceremony to purify or clean.  Most gatherings, ceremonies or sweats will begin with a smudging and mostly involving sage.  There are many different kinds of sage used in the community and our favourite is this White sage.  A small leaf will light very easily, blow out the flame, and will continue to smoke until it burns out.  Check out our fans or smudge kits as people will often use a fan to waft the smoke.  Available in loose leaf or as a tied sage stick.

  • Sweetgrass

    12$ US

    Sweetgrass is one of the most important Traditional Medicines.  We are very picky about where we get our sweetgrass.  Some growths of sweetgrass are in crisis because of over picking or harvesting by pulling out the root.  At the moment we are working with two families who harvest sweetgrass, with ceremony and pluck the leaves without pulling the root.  Our medium braids are long but thinner, from Saskatchewan.  We keep our Sweetgrass carefully wrapped in a towel (towel smells really amazing!! Lol) so the grass is lush and still very green.  (Keep your sweetgrass wrapped up in a towel or leather otherwise it will lose its power and colour).

    Medium – 28″- 30″ Long, 3/4″ wide

  • Copal

    9$ US16$ US

    Copal is a tree resin from the Protium Copal Tree.  Copal is used in ceremonies, it is burned as a medicine for cleansing energies, the home, crystals and oneself. The medicine of copal helps oneself to relase/relax and open the mind and body.  This copal came to us in form of a trade.

  • Ceramic Smudge Bowls

    19$ US39$ US
    We designed these Ceramic Smudge Bowls with our potter friend to create a better Abalone shell.  In the native community we love to use Abalone shells for smudging because their natural holes help feed the coals and the bowl is deep enough that it holds the smudge well while burning.  Our clay smudge bowls are designed to look JUST like abalone.  They have a rough back, holes to air the coals, smooth polished inner ‘shell’ which will not burn, peel or stain and can be washed, even in the dishwasher.  The really unique and practical thing about our ‘shells’ is that they won’t heat up while smudging.  Abalone shells can become quite awkward to hold after 15 minutes of smudging people as the shell becomes too hot to hold.  Not ours.  A completely unique gift for the smudger in the family!!
    Available with these animals on shell (during check out process please indicate your top 3 preference, we will do our best).  Buffalo, Wolf, Bear, Turtle or Eagle.
  • Deer Medicine Pouches

    12$ US16$ US

    Deer Leather Medicine Pouches with Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar and Tobacco.

    Wearing a medicine bag which contains symbols of who you are is a good way to keep the sacred with you all the time, as well as reminding yourself of who you are. Our little deer leather pouches like these can be worn around your neck or belt loop and can become quite important to you as symbols of your deeper self. We have included medicines of the four directions and feel free to add items that speak to you.   A bag like this is not “magic”, it does not turn you into superman, but when you wear it you know that you are trying to live in a sacred manner!!

    Also available in a kit form (gold deer only!!)  which comes with a mixture of 4 medicines (white, sage, sweetgrass, organic tobacco and cedar).  The kit includes the 2 sides of the leather pouch (to be sewn, including a diagram of a stitching pattern we would recommend), one glovers needle (size # 6), Sinew enough to sew the pouch, holes punched so that you can thread the lacing and a long strip of deer lacing..
  • Dreamcatchers and Shields

    35$ US58$ US

    Introducing our custom one-of-a-kind Dreamcatchers and Shields.  Everyone on the Powwow Trail knows that Joywind makes the most beautiful Dreamcatchers.  Up until now we have only offered them on the “trail”, but by popular demand, we decided to offer her one of a kind pieces online.  So each one is unique, and when sold will be removed from the site replaced by a new unique design.  The same goes with our most amazing Shields.  We recently hired a young art graduate and she has been a wonderful addition to our team, creating image drums and shields.  For both Dreamcatchers and Shields we are not able to accept custom orders….what we have is what we got. lol Thanks.

    Feathers are a combination of Canadian, Snow Goose and Wild Turkey.  All beads are glass and semi-precious stone.

    **  Shipment within Canada ONLY.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund. (This is due to US migratory bird regulations)

  • Caribou Antler Dreamcatcher

    74$ US128$ US

    Introducing our custom one-of-a-kind Caribou Antler Dreamcatchers.  Everyone on the Powwow Trail knows that Joywind makes the most beautiful Dreamcatchers.  But throw some Caribou Antlers into the mix and magic happens.  These are Caribou shed antlers from northern Quebec.  Feathers are a combination of Snow Goose and Wild Turkey.  Beads are glass and semi-precious stone.

  • Moose Medicine Pouches

    19$ US
    Our new Moose Leather Medicine Pouches are all one of a kind measuring 2” x 3” approx. Which we fill with the traditional medicines of the four directions; Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar and Tobacco.  They can be worn around the neck or ties to a belt loop.
  • Tribal Eye Pads

    19$ US

    Tribal Eye Pads:  For relaxation, twitching eyes and insomnia eye pads are a remarkably simple healing tool.  When you wake up in the middle of the night and the brain just won’t shut down place your eye pad over your eyes, take a deep breath and relax.  Filled with lavender (natural soothing herb) and flaxseed the mild weight on the eyes brings a level of calm that is so simple and yet very effective.   We made two styles Deer leather and Tribal cotton print (which can be removed to be washed)

  • Wood Goose wing fans- Side Profile

    23$ US
    **  Shipment within Canada ONLY.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund. (This is due to US migratory bird regulations)
    These Fans are used for many purposes.  They are great for Smudging (burning medicines, sage, sweetgrass etc) and blowing /moving the smoke over someone/thing to be blessed or cleansed.  Our fans are also very popular for dancers.  In Powwows both men and women dancers have fans as part of their regalia.  These are perfect.
    Our wood fans are made out of Eastern Cedar.
  • Wood Goose wing fans- Straight Profile

    23$ US
    **  Shipment within Canada ONLY.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund. (This is due to US migratory bird regulations)
    We have been not so much hunters but very good gatherers for a very long time.  Locally each year people hunt goose and snow goose legally along the Saint Laurence river near Montreal.  They eat the meat but the wings are not used.  We have arranged for an outfitter to save the wings for us.  Last year we brought them down a huge freezer…..when they filled it we drove down and picked up the wings.  We did this two time last fall and we are very well stocked in wings and feather.  They would have ended up all in the garbage.  We did not kill these birds for the feathers.  In our tradition we use all that is possible, we respect the lives of those around us and feel that to extend the medicine of these winged ones is respect for their gift.
    These Fans are used for many purposes.  They are great for Smudging (burning medicines, sage, sweetgrass etc) and blowing /moving the smoke over someone/thing to be blessed or cleansed.  Our fans are also very popular for dancers.  In Powwows both men and women dancers have fans as part of their regalia.  These are perfect.
    Our wood fans are made out of Eastern Cedar.
  • Smudge Kits

    19$ US58$ US
    ** Fans can only be shipped within Canada.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund.  (Due to migratory bird regulations) 
    Our Smudge Kits include 1 farmed Abalone shell, 1 bag of White Sage and 1 Fan wrapped with moose leather.
    Each kit will come with a linen pouch to store your kit and will include a text on smudging.
    For our USA customers we are now offering just our most amazing Abalone Shells and Sage (no feather fan).