This is Wisdom of the Elders. I’m Arlie Neskahi. For some indigenous peoples of North America, the harvest of wild foods is still central to the way of life as it was for their ancestors of past centuries. The Monacans gather and enjoy wild foods along with the fruits and other crops from the orchards and farms in Virginia’s blue mountains.
This is Wisdom of the Elders. I’m Arlie Neskahi.
Before the harvest comes the summer and the time of reaching out. The corn stretches toward the sun. The plant people are at their fullest. Educator and herbalist, Judy Bluehorse Skelton, in her health and healing segment reminds us that it is a time for human beings to reach out too, to the world and to each other.
Tuhva Tzi Buina (Pinenut Blessing Song)
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Coming up, we’ll hear from turtle island storyteller Jack Dalton with a Yu’pik tale of gathering. Next, the late Judy Trejo tells of the harvest of the pine nut, the staple food of the great basin peoples.