Tending to “Iotsitsisen” Mature Flowers

In My Longhouse Basket

Terrylynn Brant travels the Dish with One Spoon treaty area throughout Canada and the U.S., her longhouse basket in hand, reclaiming indigenous food sovereignty through foraging, gathering and collecting Haudenosaunee seeds. With a Masters in Science and teaching degree she shares her knowledge in workshops and speaking engagements. You can reach her through her Mohawk Seedkeepers facebook page. By Terrylynn Brant Once again local gardens are in full bloom signalling a critical stage in the life cycle of our foods. This cycle of blooming flowers reminds me of the Haudenosaunee Creation Story. In this story we are reminded of the importance of flowers as we hear the name “Iotsitsisen”. Iotsitsisen means Mature Flower or as most know her, Skywoman. Mature Flower/Skywoman was the first gardener on Earth. She established the…

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