Ted Dawson’s Mountain Wintu Herbs Honor Plants and Customs
Indigenous healing traditions often embrace an entire ecosystem, encompassing a wide range of holistic treatments, interlacing a multitude of beliefs and customs.
Bringing his own cultural remedies to market for the consumption of the general North State population is Ted Dawson, of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu (Western Northern Mountain People) from Junction City. Ted learned much from his Grandmother Lillian, but he is an accomplished and highly educated ethnobotanist as well. Ted’s sense of humor and his willingness to share his indigenous traditions and extensive botanical knowledge with his community is a rare gift to the North State.
A conversation with Ted may begin with him telling you about a skunk he’s skinned, or that he “forged a bunch of knives the other day,” or he may instruct you to eat dandelion flowers before they go to seed and to put their greens in your salad if you’re suffering a particular gall-bladder related ailment. He has a vast knowledge of local plants and where to find them, as his family has lived on North State land forever, generation after generation passing down locations for finding useful plants and … Read More