I, Amanda Bird, created Native Earth Wild Craft in the summer of 2018, and I continue to grow my business and practice as I evolve on my medicine path. The name Native Earth is to remind us of our roots, our responsibility to love and care for this place, and to live by upholding the natural and universal laws of creation. I am of Mikisew Cree and Czechoslovakian descent from Denendeh (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories), the traditional territory of the Dene Nation. My father’s lineage is from Ayapaskaw (Fort Chipewyan, Alberta), and my mother’s lineage is from the prairie settler farmlands of southern Alberta, and originally Eastern Europe. Having both Indigenous and European ancestry has given me the ability to walk in two worlds and see from different worldviews, while assisting in my work to Indigenize Western systems of care.
As a youth I travelled to the west coast in search of a new place to make home, and I continue to explore and cross pollinate through the movement of my Bird Spirit (Piwayisis) around the globe, visiting different lands, cultures, and creating expansion through new experiences. I have made my home base on the Coast Salish Territory of the Gulf Islands surrounded by the
In Cree creation stories we are said to come from the stars, as descendants of Star People, and when we have completed our journey on this Earth we will return to where we come from. Everything that happens on Earth affects the whole Universe, just as our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual balance impacts the health of the planet. We are spiritual beings having a human experience on the Earth, who is our Great Mother, and must be respected and honoured as the giver of life itself. The Plant People were here long before humans, they are our ancestors and wise teachers, and they are here to help us keep the balance. All creation is alive with Spirit and we are all connected in this circle, with an important purpose to live in love and harmony with one another. It is this spiritual connection that Amanda seeks to facilitate through the use of plant medicines and holistic healing traditions, to support people in the healing of themselves, as well as their families, communities, and nations.
Native Earth Wild Craft is owned and operated by Amanda Bird, a Mikisew Cree Herbalist whose medicine work is based on the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Amanda is committed to building reciprocal and respectful relationships with the land and peoples who have sustained the place that she is honoured to live and work upon. With an offering of holistic plant medicines, wildcrafted and cultivated locally using high quality ethical and organic ingredients, Amanda is in service to community through consultation, Indigenous education, and medicine workshops. Native Earth Wild Craft is a call for health sovereignty rooted in the empowerment of the people to heal through accessible, holistic, and decolonial medicine practices.