Ultimate Experience to Learn About our Culture
Taking part in our Medicine Walk is the ultimate experience to learn about our culture. We encourage you to gather friends, family and/or neighbours and come to Membertou for an intimate tour consisting of a medicine walk, dreamcatcher workshop, and the breaking and sharing of traditional (luskinikn) bread.
Throughout the tour you will learn about the traditional practices and medicines used by our ancestors. We believe the best way to learn is to feel, so prepare to have all of your senses engaged during this hands on experience!
The tour starts off at the Membertou Welcome Centre, where you will be greeted by our friendly guides. After becoming acquainted with your group, and learning a few Mi’kmaq words, such as “kwe” (hello) and “pjila’si" (welcome), you will then take a short bus trip to the entrance of the Greenlink Trail system, which is located here in Membertou.
Once you’ve arrived at the trail entrance, your guide will lead you through a beautifully wooded trail, sharing stories, legends, and teachings about the traditional medicines and plants which the Mi’kmaq people lived off of for thousands of years, and some still today. An example of one of the plants that you will explore is the golden rod, which is said to treat ailments such as bladder infections, kidney stones, seasonal allergies, and fevers.
Throughout your walk you will also experience traditional Mi’kmaq drumming. The drum beat symbolizes the heartbeat of mother earth and provides dancers with a beat to offer thanks to our creator during ceremonies.
After your walk, sit down to hand craft your own dreamcatcher under the gentle guidance of your instructor. Your dreamcatcher is a token of your time spent in Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island) and in Membertou. We encourage you to personalize your dreamcatcher using the vast array of colours and materials that we have available. Our guests have been known to make dreamcatchers for all different purposes, from placing it in their baby’s nursery, or hanging it over their bed, to gifting it to a loved one for a special occasion. During this time you will also learn about the purpose of the dreamcatcher and why is has been an important piece of Mi’kmaq culture for generations.
Finally, finish your journey by tasting traditional luskinikn bread (pronounced loo-skin-e-gen) topped with jam and/or molasses. Most cultures have some form of bread as a staple of their cuisine, and our community is no exception. This delicious and fresh quick bread has been around for generations and we look forward to sharing it with you!
The 2019 season of our Mi’kmaq Medicine Walk is OPEN FOR BOOKINGS. Book your spot on this highly sought after tour!