- Sunset at Wicoti Tiwahe
Revitalizing Indigenous Culture
Mankato’s diverse culture brings together people that are of different backgrounds into one place that has a very painful history for the Indigenous People’s. Today Mankato is a busy town with lots to offer everyone from all ages, all backgrounds, and all beliefs. Today we celebrate how far we have come as a society to embrace one another’s differences and learn from one another.
Indigenous People have been all too often placed on the back burner of civil rights movements however, local efforts such as the Mahkato Wacipi and Indigenous People’s Day efforts have made great strides in providing a stepping stone for Indigenous people to feel welcome back into Mankato area. Slowly Indigenous People have been relocating back into the area and been warmly welcomed by the Mankato area.
The Mahkato Revitalization Project became an idea of creating educational services and opportunities after I was invited to be on the Mahkato Wacipi Committee. I saw the interest to learn from the community and wanted to provide my experience, lifestyle, and expertise to assist those that want to learn about Indigenous Culture from Indigenous people.
Mahkato Revitalization Project will focus on preserving and sharing Lakota and Dakota Culture and Language by documenting and providing educational opportunities to the community.
- Learning to respect our plant relatives by only harvesting what we need
Smuding our Harvest
- Before our medicines are made we smudge our harvest and ourselves to make sure only good energy goes into our medicines
- We make all our medicines in small batches to ensure potency
- Small batches and hand poured
- We take great care and pride in our products
Sharing CultureSunset at Wicoti Tiwahe
Sustainable HarvestingLearning to respect our plant relatives by only harvesting what we need
Smuding our HarvestBefore our medicines are made we smudge our harvest and ourselves to make sure only good energy goes into our medicines
Preparing medicinesWe make all our medicines in small batches to ensure potency
SalvesSmall batches and hand poured
Finished ProductsWe take great care and pride in our products
Current Classes Offered:
Current Class Offerings
Indigenous Wild Medicine Class (up to 2 hours)
-Open discussion class with hand outs of up to 15 plants
Indigenous Wild Medicine Make and Take Class (minimum 3 hours)
-Make and Take Salves, Tinctures, Tea Mixes
-Hand out of recipes and plants discussed in class
Harvest to Table Class minimum of 6 hours up to 8 hours:
-Herbal Harvest Walk (1-3 hours)
-Preparation of Harvested Wild Medicines and Edibles (3-4 hours)
-Hand out of plants harvested and recipes (emailed to host to print)
-Only can be booked with non-refundable deposit NOW booking for next Spring / Summer 2020 email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to request your Harvest to Table Class!
Lakota / Dakota Cultural Diversity Training (1 to 2 hours)
Lakota History and Culture (1-3 Hours)
-Can be tailored to any topic relating to Indigenous Culture
Mahkato Revitalization Project Goals
Goals of this organization to have a cultural center located in Mankato MN. A cultural center focused on Indigenous People's where classes and events can be held, with a space available for young adults to have temporary housing while seeking out Mankato's educational opportunities. This building will also have a store front that offer's Lakota Made Products and products and arts from other Indigenous People looking to assist with Mahkato Revitalization goals.
The cultural center will house opportunities for young Indigenous people to develop their skills and talents to become entrepreneurs. This space will work in conjunction with Mankato's many other programs and businesses to ensure that all resources are used wisely and duplicate services are not happening.
Funds raised through Lakota Made and grant opportunities will be used for these goals.
- Growing our own food, foraging for mushrooms and other wild edibles help us be more self sustainable
Mahkato Powwow 2017
- Celebrating our youngests' first Wacipi
Shampoo Bar Making Class
- teaching our Sicangu Lakota youth how to make their own Shampoo Bars
Mahkato Powwow Traditional Medicines Class
- Teaching MSU students about traditional medicines
- My husband made quite the haul this late summer with the Honey Mushrooms!
- Husband and middle daughter harvesting garden produce