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People of the Confluence
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Project Title:
Planting Roots & 13 Moons of Medicine 2022-23
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2022
Water Resources/Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat/Wilderness/Preservation ; Climate Change & Energy
Central Puget Sound
King County ; Skagit County
Project Description:

Planting Roots and 13 Moons of Medicine are two interconnected programs where we do ecological restoration among other important parts of the programs. Our students in Planting Roots are trained by indigenous elders and other teachers who are experts in traditional medicine and ecology, environmental policy/law, community organizing and cultural preservation/revitalization.
Planting Roots brings students to healthy and very degraded ecosystems across Western Washington (especially in riparian zones) where we teach our students to note the characteristics of a thriving life-supporting ecosystem, and then we propagate plants and fungi from those healthy areas to plant into and restore the degraded ecosystems (again focusing on rivers). We have most heavily focused on the Skykomish and Snohomish watersheds in 2021, but we also do observations and restoration in the Duwamish watershed and Puyallup watershed. We’re dedicated to improving habitat for all the wildlife and humans who rely on these ecosystems but especially on salmon since they are critical for the ecosystems and essential to indigenous culture and wellbeing.
13 Moons of Medicine focuses on urban indigenous youth and families and teaching traditional practices for cultivating and caring for indigenous plants, fungi and wildlife, as well as our practices for making medicines and foods from them. We focus on different species each month and build confidence in our students that they can identify, propagate, cultivate and rely on each species. We plan trips to very remote national or state parks as well as urban parks and our own gardens so that students can feel comfortable and rely on their sources of medicine in any situation regardless if they’re in an urban environment or not. After we make medicines and food we instruct our students to give away almost all of it to elders and to homeless people so that we’re nourishing communities and instilling a spirit of potlatch into our students.