Senaqwila Wyss, Kamaya Anne Cecilia Leo, Cease T’uy’t’tanat Wyss
part of our beliefs in passing on the traditional plant knowledge and the traditional indigenous uses of plant medicines, is the vital act of intergenerational knowledge transfer. At every stage of life there are different lessons to be taught or revisited.
being a 3 generation business, and a strong connection to our 4 generations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Slahnay (Squamish Women) with ta’ah Barbara Kulstia Wyss, the sharing of time to work with the plant medicines, from the planting, tending to, gathering, drying and processing, it is all an act of ceremony and preserving traditions.
Connection to the land, connection to one another
when we are on the land gathering medicine, we are breathing in the air that is pure and is gifted to us from the ancestors, the rocks and plants/trees are the oldest beings on the planet, the grandmothers and grandfathers. with the gardening and harvesting of plants, we are doing ceremonial work to remediate lands that have been taken away from us. with the simple act of gathering berries together as a family, we are decolonizing and healing.
Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co. is a very important part of our whole lives, we are creating medicines to share with the world, but we are partaking in decolonizing in every frog leaf we pick, every batch of salves we make, and in every moment to learn our language for the words of the plants, and to use these plants for their purposes that have been practiced by our people since time immemorial.