By Victoria Buffalo Robe


I grew up learning traditional practices and ceremonies. I am Nehiyaw Iskwew (translation: a Cree woman) from Saskatchewan, Canada. I first learned to pick plants for traditional medicine with my aunt and mother at very young age. Some of my earliest memories are of picking sweet grass, and the sound it makes in the wind.

Minahyawin ᒥᓇᐦᔭᐧᐃᐣ

The value statement is one word in the Cree language. Minahyawin (Mi/Na/H/Ya/w/I/n), translated it means to walk in beauty.

To truly walk in beauty there is more to it than just how we look. It is how we carry ourselves and how we treat others. The meaning of minahyawin, speaks of how we are carrying.

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