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En Route to Standing Rock

            Emily Volz is bringing this ceremonial tobacco, grown in one of the Wissatinnewag circle gardens, to Standing Rock this week. We included tobacco seeds and fabric and string for prayer ties if that is considered the best use by the recipients.

            The Cornplanter tobacco seed comes from seed stock of the former Haudensoscance Cornplanters (Seneca-Iroquois) Reservation in Northwest Pennsylvania. The seed stock of 1913 was re-grown until 1930 and then lapsed planting for 60 years. In 1990 the seeds were germinated and crops harvested,and seeds collected since that time. This "Mohawk Tobacco" is a traditional strain, a more rustic tobacco common to the native people. This tobacco would be used in ceremonial ways and offerings, unlike the mild European strains that were used for smoking materials. We grow this tobacco to be used in a good way. 

Wisdom of the Elders --  Tobacco is a gift. It is to be used as a medicine
               Each nation of the First People across Turtle Island had their own ways of ceremonial use of tobacco. However, common to all Peoples is that tobacco is to be respected, honored and kept sacred by learning to use it correctly. Many elders are dedicated to keeping tobacco sacred. Tobacco is a great and powerful plant, which is why it is offered to the Creator, for the Creator alone can handle tobacco's great power. So it is given up in ceremony to honor Creator and Mother Earth for all things, all our relations, in thanks. Tobacco has been used fr many generations as offerings to the spirits, for planting, for gathering food, for healing and for ceremony.
                 The sacred use of tobacco may vary from tribe to tribe but a universal truth remains--tobacco should be used for prayer, protection, respect, and healing. Tobacco is medicine. The meaning of this medicine must be translated according to perceptions. When used in the correct way with respect and honor it can guide toward good health and assist with spiritual guidance and growth. It is our prayer that this gift will help to amplify the spirit, safety and strength of the protectors at Standing Rock. Water is Life.




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