Meet Nathan. Nathan was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He never smoked but his exposure to secondhand smoke led to his early death at age 54. Sadly, Nathan's story is not uncommon. Every year 73,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer and many more die of other diseases caused by secondhand smoke. #KeepTobaccoSacred
There is no risk-free level of second-hand smoke exposure! Living with a smoker increases the risk of lung cancer by 20% to 30%. For resources to help relatives quit ow.ly/fZon30eKW9v #KeepTobaccoSacred
Sacred Tobacco making! You get to see my messy traveling work station. Was in ceremony this weekend and wanted to add the blessing to this new batch. The specific prayers that went into this one is for the planting of seeds. May all of our prayers find fertile soil. May we tend to our intentions with patience and loving kindness. And may we continue to grow and expand. Rooting in the Earth and reaching for the sun. 🙏🌱🌎🌞
Northern Cheyenne’s Commercial Tobacco Prevention Program invited us to speak at their lunch-n-learn. Our tobacco and food sovereignty coordinators went (bearing food, of course) and had a blast speaking about second hand smoke and food sovereignty.
Left to right:
Katie Keith, RMTLC Food Sovereignty Coordinator
Leah Walking Bear (Crow), IHS
Rick Wolfname (Northern Cheyenne), Host
Phenomenal Native Women. And their lil CEO Ka'Anuhea.
Facilitators Lori New Breast @lmahnokini and Coco Villaluz @cocofreshest are providing training for the @rockymountaintlc titled Gathering of Native American Tobacco: Policy for the way we want to live. They are talking about culturally tailored policy development, community organizing, sharing their experiences and so much more. If you haven't heard them or participated in their gatherings, you really should. Thank you, Lori, Coco, Grandma Betty Cooper, and Ka'Anuhea. More photos on #ParrishDigital Facebook page.
A couple of days ago I received really hard news that made me feel off centered and unsteady. This created an opportunity for yet another plant relative to offer its healing. Yesterday I learned about reclaiming Asemaa (traditional tobacco). I have seen and even prayed with Asemaa but I never knew about the process of harvesting it or which plant it comes from. Today I have been overwhelmed with the feeling of being provided for. Chi miigwech Gichi Manidoo for always putting me in the situations that help me grow and evolve I have a great faith knowing and remembering that you are always on my side. The video at the end is of a gift I received from my mom, an incredible porcupine quill hat band that she has spent countless hours over the last several months working on. Instantly a prized possession infused with the love and intention of my Creator, the woman who carried me inside of her. I will hold onto this for my whole life. Also @instagram removed this post yesterday????
"Use tobacco in a good way- Weweni Inaabaji Asemaa" #MilleLacs Band of Ojibwe new tobacco program logo.
Chi-migwech for giving IIFM this opportunity. A very special thank you @jfields1980 for your creative vision and hard work on this beautiful and powerful design. We could not do this work without you.
I am looking forward to our next endeavor in the near future. #Asemaa#keeptobaccosacred
Oh how I love my huge tobacco leaves! I respect and appreciate all the medicine that this plant gives to us. Did you know that tobacco naturally absorbs radiation from the air and soil? Think about that the next time you're choosing which plants to put close to your house 😊 #keeptobaccosacred#leafmedicine#beresponsible#herbalife
I have had many relapses of both nicotine and alcohol addictions in the past month. I'm resolved to leave that all behind. Drinking makes my body hurt, lowers my energy, exacerbates my acid reflux, and diminishes my overall self-care. Smoking grosses me out and irritates my nasal passages and my throat, in addition to causing and worsening eczema. It's also terrible for my acid reflux. I'm done. All the nicotine is out of my system already! I haven't had a craving since my last relapse. I am focusing on my breath more, and eating lots of fresh greens. #sobriety#smokingcessation#nicotinecessation#quitsmoking#quitnicotine#quittobacco#keeptobaccosacred#selfcare#radicalselfcare#bodypositivity
This is a tobacco flower.
About a year ago my I was out camping with my aunt who's been tracing down her roots.
She was adopted out of the white earth reservation and is just now being welcomed back, learning about her history, and teaching others about what many like her have gone through.
In order to meditate a bit more on this I decided to learn to grow a few tobacco plants. I found seeds indigenous to Wisconsin and have finally gotten a couple to flower. From my understanding these flowers wouldn't be used commercially but I wanted to see what was being lost. #growyourown#keeptobaccosacred
I have been thinking a lot about how our people, myself included, often forget about our sacred asemaa, our sacred tobacco. Especially in our daily lives or when speaking to elders and asking someone for help. I remember being taught about asemaa and one of the things I remember being told was "Apiitendaagwad anishinaabe apane aabiji'aad odasemaan. Mashkawaadizi a'aw aesmaa." "It is essential that anishinaabe people always use their tobacco. That tobacco has power." Today we live in a society that expects us to live in a linear way. But that is not how our culture survives, we are supposed to go through life in a circular way. Living outside of our sacred hoop is how we lose some of our most important teachings such as how to use tobacco in a sacred and respectful way. Hopefully this post will serve as a reminder to myself and others to take care of the teachings we are given...
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As part of an ongoing project for #keeptobaccosacred with Lincoln Park Children and Families Collabrative this cardboard Jonathan will be standing in for photos with the children that attend the awareness events. I think he's a very handsome cardboard man. haha🤘🏼