Members of the Crow tribe have used traditional means to relieve symptoms of COVID-19. Crow Agency’s Noel Two Leggins created a tea that uses medicinal herbs like sage, bear root, and mint to soothe symptoms of COVID-19 in its tribal members.
“The tribes of the Plains Indians and the people of this continent had to find, you know, natural medicines and herbs to heal themselves when they were under the weather,” Two Leggins said.
Although COVID-19 is a contemporary disease, Two Leggins looked to the past of their people to help members of the tribe heal.
“When the pandemic hit, the tribesmen and our loved ones called us and they knew we were harvesting like our ancestors, and they asked: do you have bear roots? Do you have mint tea? A wise ? Said two Leggings.
Like all Montanais, the past two years have been difficult for the Crow people.
“There was fear. People were afraid to leave. People were afraid to talk to each other, ”Two Leggins said.
The ancient tribal tradition of rooting herbs has helped. Two Leggins and his family created the tea from leaves of mint, sage, juniper, mahogany, sweet grass and bear root. He claims that the tea not only alleviated some symptoms of COVID-19, but also contributed to anxiety.
“After drinking the tea, they were able to breathe. A lot of people, the majority of them, said it helped them sleep and minimized anxiety, ”Two Leggins said.
Two Leggins’ passion for brewing tea is very personal.
“I lost my uncle to COVID. He was a great teacher, ”Two Leggins said.
Two Leggins have lost their uncle, Henry Sarge Old Horn, and aunt, Tina Cline, to COVID-19. He said these two family members were an inspiration in prayer and culture. Much of Crow culture died when the pandemic so suddenly swept away so many of its elders.
Two Leggins, who said he and his family are now vaccinated, learned all about these treatments from his father, Hubert B. Two Leggins.
“Since I was young, it is mainly my mother who makes us pick berries and some of these plants,” said Hubert Two Leggins.
This knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. The Two Leggins family, however, fear the knowledge will slowly fade away. This is why they work so hard, not only to keep the community safe, but also to make sure that this tradition stays alive.
“I show my grandchildren, even the little ones. I show them everything I know, ”said Hubert Two Leggins.
Noel Two Leggins agreed.
“No one else is going to do that, and so if we don’t show our younger generation, we’re going to lose them, and when they lose them, they’re going to lose who they are and where they come from. And know a lot about it. is part, ”he said.