Plants Gift

Traditional Anishinaabe knowledge also includes many teachings about how to heal with herbal medicine. In the video below, Larry Aitken, a traditional healer on the Leech Lake reservation, describes when, how, and if to procure mashkiki ('medicine') from Gichimanidoo gitigan ('Creator's garden). This kind of knowledge requires a deep understanding of traditional protocols to utilize the invisible connections between plants and Anishinaabeg ('human beings').