Devils Club & Coast Salish Traditions in Beauty
Combining Ancestral Knowledge & Northwest Native Plant Extracts.
Connecting our Modern Life with the Natural World.
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Quw'utsun' Made was founded by Arianna in 2016 in the small tribal community of Swinomish, WA. Arianna & respected siiem Brandon made a few batches of candles and salves and traveled to local pow-wows & native art markets. through these local events, Arianna connected with Northwest Indian college & was given the opportunity to work as a
traditional plant knowledge keeper at the college &
Little Bear Creek, Retirement & Assisted Living in Lummi, WA.
In lummi, Arianna learned the importance of providing good medicine for elders through sustainable skincare. each visit Arianna would see
the impact the plants had on the elder's wellness.
they were reunited with teachings they had to give up generations ago
that aided in the healing of their diabetes & arthritis.
Her connection to devils club & nettles inspired her product line.
from these early days with the elders until now, Arianna has been traveling all over Turtle Island sharing plant knowledge & her products
with both the indigenous community & settler guests.
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Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth is a Proud Daughter of the Quw'utsun'/Cowichan Peoples. She was born in Duncan, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Unceded Coast Salish Territory.
Quw'ustun' Made is a project to preserve the traditional knowledge of the Coast Salish Nation in order to pass it on to the next generations.
She believes that people today will only find true healing by cultivating their sacred relationship with the natural world.
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Quw'utsun' Made currently operates on the traditional territory of the Navajo & pueblo in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

GBC: You are reuniting the indigenous community & settler guests of turtle island with the healing powers and teachings of plant medicine. Why is it important to keep these teachings and traditions alive and known today. 


A: Every single human being on earth comes from plants & traditional herbal remedies. I chose to make my career about reconnecting the indigenous community with traditions once practiced before colonization but also connecting settlers with local plants so that they could learn to respect our ancestral ways & current abundance.

GBC: Can you tell us about the healing properties of Devil’s Club and why you use it. 

A: Devils club is an incredible plant medicine for many reasons. It was a gift from the creator to the northwest coastal tribes to help heal pain and trauma. Historically we used it for nearly everything. Presently, we are using the plant extract in topical oils to remedy arthritis, inflammation, pain, sore muscles, neuropathy, and much more.  

GBC: What has been your biggest lesson working with plant medicine?

A: My biggest lesson in working with plant medicines is that I have to share the importance of their preservation & sacred value. Once people get connected with local plants and their uses, they are more likely to stand up against deforestation and over-harvesting. 

GBC: Tell us about the impact your plant medicine has on elders with arthritis and diabetes. 

A: Devils Club and other local plants like nettles have been great for helping my elders and elderly non-indigenous community to live their lives with less pain. Since indigenous people have suffered genocide and cultural disconnect, having elders share their stories in a healthier state of helping our future generations connect, heal the historical traumas, & lead more traditional lives. 


GBC: What is one beauty ritual you cannot go a day without?

A: The one beauty ritual I cannot live without is affirming myself that I am blessed. No amount of makeup, skincare products, or adornments can ever make me more sacred than I already am in the form that I was given naturally. I have spent most of my life believing that I need something to make me more beautiful but now i realize that confidence and pride in my ancestral DNA allow me to radiate true beauty every day. 

 

*all images sourced from the @quwutsunmade instagram page. I do not own, nor did I take any of these photos. 

September 03, 2019 by Jacqueline Parker

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