Weaving Culture, Wellness & Prevention
Kno'Qoti Native Wellness, Inc. strongly believes when Native American people are connected to their culture, they are more resilient and better able to deal with the challenges they face. We support this by providing culturally appropriate curricula when working in native communities.
We have years of experience promoting access to services for Native and non-Natives, including culturally responsive materials, services, resources, and programs that address issues like substance use disorders and their prevention in surrounding tribal communities and to tribal service agencies.
Pomo people are world renown for our complex designs and techniques. KNWI supports and is actively involved in efforts to revitalize traditional practices such as basket weaving.
By weaving, we not only bring back a cultural practice, but we also share healing and wellness in our workshops.
Lake County Pomo-style cradle basket made by Kyle Bill, Executive Director.
We are responsible to hand down our Pomo ways to our children. KNWI does this by facilitating workshops and gatherings that teach youth how to make traditional regalia.
Mor importantly, we incorporate protocol and teachings that come along with making regalia. We highlight the importance of abstaining from drug and alcohol use and being healthy leaders in their communities.
Crow feather top-knot for Pomo woman dance regalia. Classes also facilitated include boys regalia making and girls skirt making.
Stewardship of the land that sustains us is equally important to the overall health and wellness of the people.
By strengthening our relationship with the earth, we strengthen our relationship with ourselves and our ancestors.
We are committed to strengthening this relationship by focusing our work on eco-restoration, cleanups, gathering & processing of traditional foods, and community gardens.
Cleanup of illegal dumping site at Elem Indian Colony. KNWI volunteers used equipment and their hands to clean & beautify the site.
Many Tribal communities are already doing the work. At KNWI we recognize this and do what we can to support our surrounding Tribes by participating in ceremonies and providing support whenever possible.
Young girls tule hut for a coming of age ceremony that KNWI supported. This was the first time a ceremony like this was done in at least 60 years.