BACK TO BASICS Picturesque Lake Enid will be the site of an educational tour led by the Stevens family from the Shuswap Band on September 10th.  Photo by Nicole Trigg

BACK TO BASICS Picturesque Lake Enid will be the site of an educational tour led by the Stevens family from the Shuswap Band on September 10th. Photo by Nicole Trigg

By Erin Knutson

Special to The Pioneer

Interested in sharing and learning about the native cultures philosophy towards the cultivation of land and the use of wild plants? Curious about alternative methods and open interpretations? If so, join the Stevens family from the Shuswap Band on Wednesday, September 10th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on a scenic, educational, and fun interpretive walk as part of Wildsights Lake Enid Restoration Project.

This engaging opportunity to learn about their traditional knowledge and use of wild plants is a unique chance to mingle, grow and get back to the roots in the valley. Traditional homemade recipes will be available and all are welcome at this free event.

We will be taking a little walk, so people can see some of the medicines we use. There will be some pre-made samples for people to enjoy, including our juniper tea. We want to tell the story of what happened and how our ancestors survived we had to survive on the roots, said LaVerna Stevens.

Ms. Stevens and her husband Louie will be joined by Basil and Riva Stevens to help educate and demonstrate the beautiful traditions of their culture. All my life we headed up the mountain for leaves, and for native kids there was always tea for breakfast it tasted so good, she said.

All attendees will be meeting at the main parking area at Lake Enid. For more information, please contact invermere@wildsight.ca or call 250-342-9873.