Hollow Water/Bisset/Pine Falls
Our first research effort was a winter road trip to Hollow Water, Bisset and Pine Falls Manitoba to immerse ourselves into the Boreal Forest and visit with the people there. We had two days of workshops and wilderness walks with aboriginal elder Garry Raven at Hollow Water, visited and met with some folks at the mining town of Bisset and gave a presentation at a high school in Pine Falls. The weather was bitterly cold with high wind chills down to -38 C or so for most of the week. We had to tend to the fire in the stove in our cabin every two hours. Winter boots were tested to their limits with some failing at one point after ten minutes outside. We all started out as virtual strangers and emerged as friends. So much more can be said. We have three more trips to go with this project.
Garry Raven shows us how to find the herbal medicine Wekay(aboriginal name).