Herbology & Ancient Smudging Rituals
Deb's grandmother is Southern Ute. Deb has also spent 30+ years learning the proper traditions of ancient rituals from her two close personal friends of both the Pueblo Picuris tribe and Lakota Sioux tribe.
Some of her employees also have Native blood and while some do not - one thing they all have in common is their interest and preservation of Native American traditions and the respect for life these ancient traditions bring.
Deb was born and grew up in Park County, Colorado, and moved to Delta County when she was 20 and has been there ever since.
She is a lieutenant on her local fire department (for 10+ years), and a political activist in her community as well. Her roots run very deep in Delta County, and her business means everything to her.
Delta County, where she lives, is at the foot of Grand Mesa.
All her blue sage is collected locally by her and her employees—wildcrafted from private land, and (with permits) from BLM land (including Grand Mesa proper). The juniper, pinon, Colorado sweet grass, yarrow, osha, mullein, kinnikinnick and some other plants also are hand-picked by her and her employees.
The white sage, angel sage, black sage, yerba santa and some of her herbs she sources from the Viejas reservation members in Alpine California. Silver sage and silver cloud she gets from the Lakota Sioux on the Rosebud reservation.
She also grows many of her own herbs—lavender, mugwort, patchouli, lemon grass, basil, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, catnip—to name a few!
Additionally, Deb makes her own line of smudge feathers - she makes them herself so that she can identify where all the feathers came from and that verify that they are from live birds.
In fact, she owns birds and collects their molted feathers. She also feeds a large group of wild turkeys and turtle doves who kindly drop off lots of feathers in her yard. She mentions that other birds also come by to leave off feathers, however, their feathers aren’t legal to sell.
Deb sources other feathers from her Native American contacts mostly, who have their own birds and like to trade with other bird owners.
Deb also sources her dyed feathers from a Navajo co-op that teaches the children how to carry on the traditions. She mentions that these kids become quite excited when they can see their items sold all over the world instead of only staying right on their own reservation.
I have been in business for over 20 years because I understand sustainable practices and utilize them, and because quality is important. As I have said many times over the years, you don’t see high quality items made from shoddy foundational practices. You just don’t.