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.

COVID-19 Update – October

Our small family-run business is still up and running and working from home as we usually do.  We are extremely well stocked and shipping daily all over Turtle Island!

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  • 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.

  • Tribal Fire Cider

    19$ US

    Tribal Fire Cider

    Fire Cider is a tincture made with locally sourced organic mixture of garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, horseradish and thyme in an apple cider base.
    In our house Fire Cider is a mandatory part of our fall/winter cold/flu prevention treatment…..and at any sign of a sniffle or tickle in the throat the entire family goes straight to the Fire Cider several times a day for a system boost.  Back in march when ‘life as we know it shifted’ our entire crew started a full regiment of Vitamins C and D and Fire Cider to boost up everyones inner strength.
    Thinking ahead to this fall we asked our Herbalist if she would prepare a monster batch of Fire Cider for Tribal Spirit.  It takes an entire growing season to plant, grow and harvest the ingredients enough to make a big batch.  Our thought was that we wanted to be able to offer something so vital to our customers/friends.  Our Herbalist is extremely dedicated and diligent in her work.  Every ingredient is grown locally (not imported from somewhere….) and organic.  Glass bottles are 50 ml with a dropper. Not a fan of vinegar? You can squirt in a glass of water.
  • Bear Leather Medicine Pouches

    35$ US
    Our Bear Leather Medicine Pouches are all one of a kind measuring 2” x 3” approx with bear fur and a bear claw closure. They are filled 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.
    Every once in a while in the tanning game, accidents happen…We sent 30 odd bear hides off to the tannery intended for rawhide for drums…but we received back from the tannery gold/tan Bear Leather!!!  Amazing accident!!
  • Feather Boxes

    98$ US

    New and Improved!!

    In the Native tradition our feathers help ground us and bring us clarity.  We wanted to make a feather case/box that would carry that respect we have for our feathers.  We introduced our Feather boxes last fall….but found that we could make some improvements. So introducing our second edition.
    (please note: Feather NOT included)

    Our box is made of Butternut wood, which is 18” long,  and 1 1/4” deep.

  • Dried Rose Petals

    Organic 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.

    One ounce of dried rose petals packed in a 6″x6″ ziploc bag.

    Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container.

  • Smudge Kit with Moose Leather Bag

    75$ 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.
  • Maple Sugar

    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 improves the recipe by 100%.

    Each bag contains 2.5 oz.

  • Sale!

    Medicine Bags Kits “DYI”

    67$ US 53$ US
    Our new Moose Leather Medicine Bags KITS!!
    One of the handiest things around the fire or gathering is a nice smudge kit or medicine bag.  Our pre-made kit includes a Moose Bag that we make, and a farmed abalone shell, sage and a small feather fan.  Recently we have had several people ask if they could make it themselves….and who are we to say no!!  So, our new 8″ Smudge Bag Kit consists of a front and back piece of leather (to be hand sewn together to create the bag), a moose leather strap (to be sewn into the side of the bag), Sinew, glovers needles AND very careful clear instructions on how to assemble your bag.  The kit also include a fan (that we make for you) and farmed abalone shell and a linen bag of Californian Buffalo/White Sage.  We also suggest several different finishing techniques so that everyone can personalize their own bag.  Making the bag is an easy project that will make a great afternoon for the family or workshop.  Our bags can even be created virtually over zoom for an Isolated Gang.
     
    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 Kit 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.
  • 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..
  • White Deer Medicine Pouches

    24$ US

    We have 10 of these in stock, ultra soft white leather, absolutely gorgeous!!!

    White 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!!

  • Sweetgrass

    9$ US14$ US

    Freshly picked 2020 Sweetgrass is in the house!!   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.  We are working with a family who harvest sweetgrass, with ceremony and pluck the grass without pulling the root.  This grass is harvest season grass and comes in small (21″), medium (25″) and large (32″) lengths.  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 smell and colour).

  • Abalone Shell

    16$ US

    Farmed Abalone Shell

    Approximately size – 6″ x 5″ x 2″ deep

  • Blue Sage

    3$ US28$ US

    Blue sage sticks.

    Stick length – 4.5″ – Diameter – 1″

  • Brain Tanned Deer Medicine Pouches

    31$ US

    Brain Tanned Medicine Pouches:  Brain tanning is an old traditional tanning technique used by our ancestors all over the world.  Every animal has the chemicals in their brain to tan their own hide.  Brain tanning involves a huge amount of time, labour and patience generally requiring a 40 hour week worth of labour to tan a deer hide.  Over the past couple of years we have traded for a few brain tanned deer (we have no hides available for sale) and made up these pouches.  They are all one of a kind, hand stitched, with a bear claw closure/button measuring approx 3″ by 3″ with a deer lacing. The colour difference is determined by the length of time that the leather has been smoked in the curing process.  The white is virtually no smoking and the brown is lots of smoke and does smell of smoked hide.

     

  • Bear Grease

    24$ US43$ 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 fl oz) and 300 ml (10 fl oz).

    ** Sorry we can not ship this to the USA.  Please do not purchase or we will have to refund.

     

  • Bear Grease – Creams

    22$ US

    Our 4 different creams/salves that we currently offer include:

    Goldenseal/Infection Cream  – Face Cream – Joints and Muscles Cream – Skin Cream

    Store in the fridge long term. Jars are 20 ml (0.7 fl-oz).

  • White Cedar Loose Leaves

    6$ US39$ 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.

     

  • Smudge Kits

    16$ US63$ 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).  PLEASE NOTE the Abalone Shell and Sage options will NOT include a fan or linen bag.  If you need more sage please go to our Tribal Medicine page and you can add more sage if you need..
  • Ceramic Smudge Bowls

    24$ 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 yourself, an elder or the smudger in the family!!
  • Moose Medicine Pouches

    20$ 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

    20$ 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)

  • Holiday Cards

    14$ US24$ US

    We, here at Tribal Spirit unabashedly like the holiday season.  We live in a winter wonderland, love the lights, love the music.  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.