A seed by: Nicola Harwood
Project: What is a Seed
Nicola Harwood (she/they) is a settler queer interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her plays, performances and installation projects have been seen in galleries, artist run centres, grubby bars and proper theatres as well as in parks, on a lake, on a train and in an airplane hanger and often involve large artist and community collaborations. Her most current project is Dog Songs, an interactive sound installation built from animal /human interactions. Recent installation projects include Summoning, No Words, (2017) an interactive sound installation built out of the female voice and the artist collaboration, High Muck-a-Muck: Playing Chinese (2014). Recent plays include Salmon Row (2011-13) which took place on the Fraser River and Letters From Lithuania (2010) which took place in Stanley Park. Her memoir about queer family, Flight Instructions for the Commitment Impaired, was published by Caitlin Press in 2016. Nicola is a proud sister, mother, grandmother and aunt with ancestral origins in the Scots Gaelic and British Anglo peoples. She is grateful to live and love on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations where she teaches in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program, in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts and at Kwantlen University.


Visual Arts, Theatre, Interdisciplinary Arts, Arts for Social Change, Storytelling, Literature, Poetry
This seed is a collaboration of: Ruda en la tierra | painting fragment

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A traditional healer, Sc̓rsiłməlx in the Syilx language of this territory of the Okanagan First Nation, is a blood tonic, an antimicrobial, a laxative, and can ease stomach irritability.

Sc̓rsiłməlx grows plentiful where I am at present on the Okanagan First Nation territory, also known as Kelowna, BC, Canada. This land is where I was born and grew until I was eight years old. It reminds me of my grandmothers who both lived here and one especially, who has a woman of the land and whom I spent a lot of time with on the land. This project has taught me the deep healing properties of this plant and helped grow my vision of land I am walking on.

Sc̓rsiłməlx has many complex compounds including the bright yellow alkaloid called berberine. Berberine is a strong antimicrobial and liver stimulant.

Sc̓rsiłməlx can be used both externally and internally to fight bacterial infections.  For wounds, you can either make a strong tea and soak the wound in it, or you can saturate a dry sterile bandage or very clean cloth in the tea, then secure it on the wound. You can also power the dried root and sprinkle it directly on wounds. It is specific against salmonella, shigellosis and amebic dysentery.

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