01 Strawberry Moon | Toisnot Tuscarora Gardening by the Moon | Traditional Textile Practices

Toisnot Tuscarora Resist Design Pattern | Strawberry Moon > June

Created on The Okanagan During Indigenous Artist Intensive

This resist design pattern is based on my memories of planting, growing, and harvesting strawberries with Mama (Minnie Haskins) on Daniel Hill, Atlantic Street, and at Dean’s Farm.  Strawberries represent Spring and the renewal of life and are symbols of blessings.  My ancestor’s associated strawberries with love and hope.  The berries, leaves, and roots are also used as medicine.  As medicine strawberries are antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and have the ability to regulate blood sugar.

According to my grandmother strawberries are most helpful for digestive problems.  She used the fruit, leaves, and roots to make medicinal tea for diarrhea, and the leaves by themselves to make a laxative tea.  From the fruit pulp and juice, she made an ointment for skin burns.  During our Strawberry Festival, the berries are cut up and mixed with sweet water made with sorghum, which we drink in celebration.  We also share the strawberry drink during June indigenous wedding ceremonies.

What You Need 2 Create Strawberry Moon Resist Design:

  • Scoured Plant-Based Cloth Either 100% Cotton, Linen, Hemp *No Polyester or Synthetic Blends as Natural Dye will NOT attach to fibers
  • Upholstery Thread & Applique Needle
  • Rubber Bands
  • Iron & Pressing Mat

Published by Carola Jones, Artist

Indigenous Artist, Writer, Designer | Internet Techie | Pow Wow Dancer | Lover of Dyeing Cloth Especially With Indigo, Madder & Marigold | 4th Generation Hand Embroidery & Sewing Enthusiastic | Working Traveler | NC Toisnot & Mattamuskeet Tuscarora & FL Seminole | Algonquin Gullah Mixed Blood

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