Fibres on the Wild Side
When walking in a natural area, we breathe in the freshness of the land. Fibres surround us. We may not yet be familiar with the sources, but Indigenous Peoples have used them for many years. Many lessons were learned from the Elders in their communities, including: understanding protocols for collecting, understanding the collection times, recognizing the plants, collecting the plant materials, extracting the rough fibre, preparing the fibre for use, and using the fibres for many traditional uses. Fibre sources and uses were varied from location to location. Interesting as well, the fibre sources were often used for other purposes such as food, medicine, dyes, adornment, and technical purposes. This presentation will mention some of the history, uses and interesting stories about various local fibre plants. There will be a selection of local plant samples available to examine and handle.