Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Featured, News

Treating Seasonal Allergies the Old School Indian Way..Revisited -Linda Thioleunwin Bishop

Treating Seasonal Allergies the Old School Indian Way..Revisited -Linda Thioleunwin Bishop

Treating Seasonal Allergies the Old School Indian Way…Revisited By:  Linda Different Cloud Last spring when I wrote the article “Treating Allergies the Old School Indian Way”, I felt as if I had been inducted into a new brother/sisterhood. The response from my fellow allergy sufferers was massive. We could have started a club: “Natives with Allergies” or “Indigenous Allergy Resistance.” It seems that more and more of us are suffering as a result of the many non-Native plants, animals, and foods that have been introduced to our homelands.  Well, once again, theThunder Beings have returned, and  we are all basking in the glory of Spring (finally). That means that many of us are also suffering the wrath of histamine responses. Don’t get me wrong…we love plants, right? Ok, as an ethnobotanist, I probably love them a lot more than most people, but I think we pretty much all appreciate wildflowers, trees, and vegetation in general. For many of us, including myself, our love of Mother Earth is balanced only by our disdain for allergic reactions to plant reproductive dust…aka pollen…aka seasonal...

Read More

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Featured, News

Natural Insect Repellents -Linda TȟióleuŋWíŋ Bishop

Natural Insect Repellents -Linda TȟióleuŋWíŋ Bishop

Natural Insect Repellents By: Linda TȟióleuŋWíŋ Bishop When I was 7 months pregnant, I went to a powwow in central South Dakota. It was early August, and 104®F with 65% humidity. I was fine…really. I was perfectly comfortable sitting in the shade, sipping lemonade, and spraying myself with ice water every few minutes.  Then towards evening, my whole world turned into a painful and maddeningly irritating hell on Earth.Within minutes of the sun setting, I became a human pincushion. Mosquitos the size of eaglesswarmed every centimeter of exposed flesh – and even started biting me through my clothes. I swatted, smacked, screamed and cried in frustration. Everyone around me watched in curious horror and unspoken bemusement as I went completely mad. After mere moments that felt like an eternity, I was rushed into a waiting car – not necessarily to rescue me from an abyss of biting, vampiric insects, but more to avoid any further embarrassment to those around me.Strangely enough, I was the only person at the entire powwow who seemed to be having a problem. That was the day I realized that I was a proverbial “mosquito magnet.”...

Read More

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

I Will Not Be Quiet

By : Linda Tioleu There have been a lot of incidences lately in which major corporations, businesses, or famous people have exploited Native Americans (Native women in particular), and the cultures on which we plant our foundations. This usually involves the use of a “slutty Indian Princess” costume of some sort, as evidenced by Victoria’s Secret, the band No Doubt, and even the Hooter’s restaurant franchise. Other stereotypes, such as alcoholism, are also exploited. In regards to this, I had a friend ask me today: “Aren’t you guys just being overly sensitive? This is political correctness gone crazy. You guys have more important things to worry about.”   Well…first of all…bite me.  If you cannot see what the issue is when you look at these photos, videos, and posters, then you probably never will.  Many people have sought and gained understanding, but it is probably very difficult to do if you have never spent time on a reservation or around Native Americans.  Perhaps you think that these images portrayed...

Read More

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

And the Frybread Grease Left a Scar “THIS BIG”: Using Common Plants to Heal Wounds

By : Linda Tioleu BURNS My niece came into the inipi (sweatlodge) for the first time when she was 12. After the first round, she decided to leave the lodge for just a moment. As she was exiting, her foot slipped and landed right on top of a rock, still glowing red with extreme heat. She immediately screamed and fell out of the lodge in excruciating pain. Without thinking, I climbed out of the lodge and picked a plant that was growing just feet from the inipi. It was plantain (Plantago major – wihuta hu iyececa in Lakota), and it is one of the most amazing burn remedies in the natural world. I crushed the plantain leaves, poured on a little water from the sweatlodge bucket, and immediately applied it to the huge, inflamed blister that had already formed on the bottom of my niece’s foot. She immediately stopped crying and let out a sigh of relief as the gentle cooling effect of the plantain began to soak in....

Read More