Native American Heritage Month: Dream of Wild Health

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Native American Heritage Month: Dream of Wild Health

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 18, 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this, we will highlight contemporary creators weekly who are adding to the cultural landscape of Minnesota and beyond in a variety of fields.

This week’s focus is on food. To that end, we will look at the Dream of Wild Health, whose mission is: “...to restore health and well-being in the Native community by recovering knowledge of and access to healthy Indigenous foods, medicines and lifeways.”

From their web site: “Dream of Wild Health was created in 1998 to recover and preserve the traditional Native American relationship between people and plants, especially traditional plants that offer spiritual and physical sustenance to our ancestors.” Dream of Wild Health owns its 30-acre farm in Hugo and serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Native community.

The MNHS Library holds a few pieces of ephemera created by them as well as a book containing recipes, health, and nutrition information.

Learn more about them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMN9cgXSuWk