I’m Melissa Townsend and it’s harvest time.
Today on your Covid 19 daily update we have a story from Hope Flanagan, from the Dream of Wild Health Native owned and operated agency.
In the wintertime Hope is a storyteller. She was given stories by Anishinaabe elder Ona Kingbird from Ponemah, Minnesota.
She’s not able to tell the whole story because it’s not winter and we need to honor those spirits.
FLANAGAN: One of the stories I’m required to tell is about how we’re like the two little twin babies and they’re in the cradleboard and the animals and the plants have been so generous to us that they all lined up light up saying oh these poor young ones that don’t know much. They don’t know how to take care of themselves.
And so like, every plant came and gave its specific gift and every animal came, every insects came, every living being came and gave their specific gifts. And the babies were still not happy. They still wanted more. They didn’t even want to come out of their cradleboard.
And I see as a possibility with what’s happening right now. If we stay in our cradleboards, we’re not going to move, we’re not going to walk, we’re not going to stay vital. We’re not going to learn from those plants and animals. What we were told is, those are our elders, They were here before us, they know how to live on this earth. And our job is to pay attention to them and find out how are we supposed to live in harmony with this earth? Because we’re the newcomers who are endangering ourselves.
That was Hope Flanagan, story teller from the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, Minnesota.