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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  • Caribou Antler Dreamcatcher

    275$ Canadian325$ 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.

  • Organic loose-leaf ceremonial Tobacco

    25$ Canadian40$ Canadian

    Our tobacco is is grown in Manitoba and is wonderfully moist and fragrant.  (Not intended to be rolled and smoked).  In the Indigenous tradition tobacco is a sacred medicine that is not meant to be abused or smoked outside of ceremony.  We have gone to great lengths to acquire this ceremonial tobacco.  It is in the raw loose leaf form, perfect for offerings or ceremony.  Shipped in linen bags with draw-ties.

    Available in 1/4 or 1/2 pound bags.

  • Sweetgrass

    16$ Canadian20$ 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 large braids are very full and wide…they are from New Brunswick.  Our smaller 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 – 34″-36″ Long, 1″ wide   |   Large – 30″ Long, 1.5″ wide

  • White Sage

    10$ Canadian60$ Canadian

    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.

    Large Sage Stick (7.5″ long by 1.75″ Diameter)

    1/2 pound of loose sage.

    1 pound of loose sage.

  • Bear Grease – Goldenseal – Face Cream

    20$ Canadian

    Bear Grease – Goldenseal

    Goldenseal power 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 crap with a bandage…I find you can leave the bandage on for a couple days….and then, cut gone!!!  Ingredients include pure bear grease, almond oil, goldenseal and shea butter.  Please keep in 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.
  • Bear grease

    20$ Canadian45$ Canadian

    **  Shipment within Canada ONLY.   Non Canadian customers please do not purchase, or we will need to refund.

    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)