Indigenous Plant Diva


Indigenous Plant Diva 
Director: Kamala Todd | Producer: Selwyn Jacob National Film Board of Canada
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2008 | Story Teller’s Country: Canada

Cease Wyss, our “Indigenous Plant Diva”, is a hip, urban Aboriginal single mother, video artist and community leader. She shares her traditional knowledge of plants that can be found throughout the streets and everyday spaces of Vancouver, reminding us that the medicines are all around us in our urbanized environments.

Whether it’s the secret curl of a fiddlehead, the gentleness of comfrey, or the blood-red streaks of frog leaf, plants carry with them millennia of wisdom, communicated through color, texture and form. Cease Wyss has been listening to this unspoken language, and is now passing this ancient and intimate sense of connection to her own daughter, Senaqwila.

The plant spirits are the Grandmothers, and they have good things to share with us to help us (re)connect to the land, if we listen.

4 Responses to “Indigenous Plant Diva”
  1. Robert Belflowers says:

    I would love to know more about plants.I do know about dandylions,I make tea with them.

  2. Forster MacLean says:

    I carry trauma of head-on collision that happened in 2006. I changed direction before impact to save my life–auto engine went to passenger seat, not crush me. I have lived in Thailand healing from painful structural injuries with Thai Therapeutic Massage. I had diagnosis of Closed Brain Injury not being treated yet, but soon. The trauma I carry in mind and heart is a burden I live with, better some days than others. I have past successful experience with mind-altering plant substances. Now, I discover Ayawaska. Would it be safe to use alone, with only my self-care? I am a healing arts professional and maybe I could do it, but I have respect for the process.

  3. colby says:

    I would only take Ayahuasca under the direction of a very experienced shaman. Best of luck to you!

  4. Larry says:

    I am experienced in the use of San Pedro tea and use it 8 or 10 times a year.I’m very interested in spiritual journeys and intend to take this walk very soon, a their any retreats for the ayahusca experience in the Portland,Oregon area.
    I add this comment reluctantly but some people believe I’m a powerful shaman myself but I’m really just a 67 year old autistic man with a very clear view of the world and where we humans fit in this wonderful cosmos.

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