Native Infusion – Rethink Your Drink
Native Infusion is a teaching toolkit aimed to support you and your community in making healthy choices about beverages. The toolkit integrates Native American cultural teachings and traditional health and nutrition concepts from the Coast Salish region.
Participants will learn about how ancestral beverages contribute to physical, spiritual and planetary health. Participants will learn methods for preparing healthy beverages from traditional plants and foods, including flavored waters, teas, smoothies and broths. Participants will learn how to identify, harvest, process and prepare multiple native plants for tea. Participants will learn about the health impacts of sugary drinks
This Toolkit Includes:
- Teaching posters
- Feeding 7 Generations Recipe Book
Native Infusion Posters
Posters are free for NW Tribal Communities and Tribal Organizations, Contact WEAVE-NW to request them.
Posters feature Artwork is by Squaxin Island tribal member Joe Seymour and Lower Elwha tribal member Roger Fernandes
Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit
The Cedar Box Teaching Toolkit is an educational resource featuring important native foods in Salish Country and the rich cultural traditions that surround them. The foods were selected because of their high nutritional value, cultural significance, and reasonable availability.
Educators can use the cedar box toolkit in a variety of settings including classrooms, community workshops and other educational events. Possible presentation formats include a “show and tell” overview of Salish foods, an exhibit, or a complete curriculum for teaching in depth classes on individual foods. The information in this curriculum only scratches the surface of the vast cultural knowledge for each food. We hope that you can add your own community knowledge, stories, artwork, preserved foods and language to your toolkit over time.
This Toolkit Includes:
- Cedar bentwood box:
- cooking tongs
- cooking rocks
- display containers
- teaching cards
- preserved samples of 13 native foods
- Videos about foods and food traditions that feature native storytellers
- Curriculum including Salish food descriptions, recipes, stories and activities
- Feeding 7 Generations poster
- Feeding 7 Generations recipe book