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Medicine Garden: Earth Burial

June 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

This will be the first event in a series related to the establishment and growth of a Medicine Garden in the NATURE Lab yard at the Sanctuary. We will be burying hand-sculpted ollas (clay watering vessels) and planting some of the medicines.

This living sculpture will feature four powerful plant allies growing among functional sculptural elements, including slow-release watering vessels (ollas) and cut metal way-finding sign posts. With a focus on Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican medicinal traditions, the included plants–catmint/Askaskwaamek, joe-pye weed/Pkuwiimakw, yarrow/Wtakiipakw, and bee balm/Wteehaskwal–also have intertribal and cross-cultural resonance. The sculpture’s quadrant design, with four growing beds arranged in a circle ringed by ollas, provides a focal point for a series of plant and land-centric gatherings that honor Indigenous pasts and presents on this land as we dream and build towards Indigenous futures. This project is part of the Sanctuary’s growing Eco-Art Trail, supported by an NEA Our Town Grant in collaboration with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Arts Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of The Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

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