Located in Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory (Niagara Region, Ontario), our family includes no less than four First Nations – Lakota, Mi’kmaq, Algonkin & Meskwaki…and many of the first French to land in what is now Canada & the US – who lived, loved and traded with many Nations as friends and relatives.
Kinnikinnick Trading Company honours these relations by trading in traditional First Nations health products/medicinals like White Buffalo Sage, Sweetgrass, Minigan Salve, Maple Water, natural resins & botanicals. We also carry old style trade goods – clay effigy pipes, pelts, beads, shells, trade silver…and anything else we think will be useful or interesting!
You may find us at various events (historical or otherwise) and traditional Pow Wows; feel free to invite us to any event you think appropriate. If there is something you need to find, let us know, and we’ll see if we can acquire it for you!
As for the name, Kinnikinnick is a traditional smoking mixture (it contains no tobacco) – common to many First Nations – comprised of various plants like Bearberry Leaf, Willow Bark, Red Sumac & Lovage Bark – though it varies, depending on who is mixing it. The word itself means “things that are mixed” and varies only slightly in pronunciation among many Nations. It is smoked for both healing & ceremonial reasons; and for simple relaxation. We chose this name to represent the “mixture” of cultures we represent and items we provide.