Alicia A. Cook, Konwahonwihsen
Mohawk(Kanienkehaka) Nation, Wolf Clan.
LPN, Master of Traditional Medicine with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Upstate New York.
She graduated from North Country Community College as an Licensed Practical Nurse. At the time of her studies, she realized that she wasn’t a nurse but more of a Doctor. “I needed to get to the root of the problem”, so she integrates knowledge of the human body and herbal support and traditional teachings received from her traditional upbringing. With this dynamic mix, she assists her clients and students in the healing process with herbal remedies and looks at the whole person through mental, spiritual, physical and emotional wellness”.
She specializes in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food and medicine. Alicia works to build curriculum and ways of thinking that will promote and protect food sovereignty, and traditional plant knowledge. Along the way, she has had the cream of the crop of valuable knowledge from respected elders from her community and works towards transfer of knowledge to the younger generation. “We must intertwine and carry forward the knowledge of our traditional wisdom keepers”.
She works close with the Environment Department to help identify traditional medicines that have been contaminated by waste from three major companies in the Akwesasne area with the aim to promote land wellness and cleanup of contaminated areas. “We must always think of the seven generations to come”. With this attitude, Alicia works on planting endangered plants placed on the United Plant Savers list. “Every year, I put seeds in that we may not see for 4 or even 7 years in an effort for our generations to come”.
Alicia has also traveled around the country and internationally teaching natural medicines to neighboring Native communities, herbal symposiums and Universities. “Our Native communities are realizing the importance of plants and the need to reintegrate traditional knowledge of harvesting and using plants again. Through decolonization of our people, we have almost lost our traditional teachings and my aim is to help build that back up. Every grandmother, mother, sister has an inherited right to be able to care for their families using traditional medicines”.
Alicia supports strengthening of women. Through traditional teachings she has brought back the most sacred of all moon lodge teachings and continues to excel with re-connecting women back to Sky Woman and Roles and Responsibilities of Women.