Spirit beads — Manidoo-Minenhnsag — helped Liz Eshkibok through some trying times. Now, she is passing on the power ‘spirit seeds’ to others
When Liz Eshkibok, cultural practitioner at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, first “became a woman” — or so the euphemism goes — she began her “berry fast.” Originally from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, she was given, she said, “woman teachings.”
“Berry fasting is a traditional right of passage that Anishinaabe girls go through at the age of puberty,” said Eshkibok, “when they first receive their menstrual cycle.”
When Eshkibok began her fast, she was given teachings.
“I went out to a lodge with an Auntie,” she said. “She sat with me and gave me woman teachings. She talked with me about medicine, about quill work, about sewing and all these different teachings that can bring a woman peace. And she taught me beadwork.”
But beadwork to…