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Culture and tradition.

The Kwek Society is Native women-led and Native women-managed. In addition to working to make sure Native students and communities have the period supplies they need, we strive to lift up those we serve. One way we do that is to share our beautiful and empowering traditional stories about menstruation, often referred to in many Native American cultures as our “moon time.”
We invite those of you with traditional moon time stories to share them with us — we want to keep these teachings alive, and to make this a place where the students and communities we serve can look for wisdom and be energized!

Please contact us to share your Traditional Teachings story.

Teaching of the Berry Fast

In Anishnabe Territory, there is an important fast for young women — the Berry Fast. Shkini-kwe (process of giving life) is a yearlong fast that begins when young women start their menstrual cycle and ends with a coming out ceremony.

During that year, life slows down. Young women spend this special time with aunties, grandmas and female role models to learn about womanhood and the giving of life while hearing stories such as the tradition of the Berry Fast. They are encouraged to be with themselves and reflect. They also collect berries during harvesting season, saving them for their coming out ceremony to share with others as a reminder that we are to always think of those around us.

Shared by: Winona Elliott is Potawatomi and Ojibway from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation located on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada. She belongs to the Moose Clan from her father’s side, and also acknowledges her mother’s clan, the Fish Clan. She lives in Ontario, Canada, and works as a Circle Facilitator for Native Child Welfare, an Indigenous Child Well-Being Agency.