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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  • Holiday Cards

    18$ Canadian30$ Canadian

    We, here at Tribal Spirit unabashedly like the holiday season.  We live in a winter wonderland, love the lights, love the music (our current favourite xmas album is Sia: Every Day is Christmas, ya GOTTA check it out), love the corny movies and most importantly love the opportunity to craft something ‘different’.  One very hot day this summer, on a long drive home from a powwow, we started talking creative urges and someone mentioned, “why don’t we make a  card inspired by the life at Tribal Spirit.  We’re trying to start a resurgence of card sending, or at least inspire you to get a few cards to make your favourite NDNs giggle when they open it.

    Available in 6 or 12 packs (with envelopes included) – 5″ x 7″ premium matte finish – Blank interior.

  • Bear grease

    20$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    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 125 ml. (4.2 liquid oz) or 314ml (10.6 US fluid oz)   

  • Tribal Eye Pads

    25$ Canadian

    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)

  • Medicine Bags

    75$ Canadian
    Our new Moose Leather Medicine Bags
    We have lots in Stock ready for next day shipping!!  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.
  • Deer Medicine Pouches

    14$ Canadian16$ Canadian

    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!!

    Please choose your colour.  Also available in a kit form (Sewn pouch, lacing and medicines).
  • Bear Grease Cream

    20$ Canadian

    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.
  • White Sage

    10$ Canadian60$ Canadian

    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

    16$ Canadian

    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

    12$ Canadian20$ Canadian

    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.

  • Caribou Antler Dreamcatcher

    95$ Canadian165$ Canadian

    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

    25$ Canadian
    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.
  • Ceramic Smudge Bowls

    25$ Canadian50$ Canadian
    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.
  • Wood Goose wing fans- Side Profile

    25$ Canadian
    **  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.
    Of our wood fans we make them out of Eastern Cedar and Butternut. (if you have a preference please specify in commence section at check out or send us an email)
  • Wood Goose wing fans- Straight Profile

    30$ Canadian
    **  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.
  • Dreamcatchers and Shields

    55$ Canadian95$ Canadian

    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)