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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.

Medicine Making

We spent the day yesterday with educator, native wellness advocate, and basket weaver Melanie Smokey and her son Justin of the Shoshone/Washo Nation. They shared water songs, family stories, and spoke about how to have good relationships with the natural beings around us. In the afternoon we learned more about plant medicine from Melanie and made cordage with Justin.\

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The day before, a group went to learn from Kathy Bancroft, Tribal historian and cultural preservation officer at the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe. She is an award winning activist, writer and speaker and has a PhD in complex systems biology. Kath is involved in many water justice projects here, including the Owen’s valley Indian water commission ( and (