Get rid of Juniper Ridge: White Sage & Wild Mint
So boom. Padrice reminded me we've this tea that has white sage as a key ingredient. I've looking into Juniper Ridges's products, advertising, and blog post about their practice, their partners, and their staff.
Their materials have scant and fleeting references to indigenous and first nation people are brief summaries of either to their various historic displacement from land now harvested or in a sentence or two about a name or an original usage.
Besides this tea, the White-led company also sells sage, mugwort, and sweetgrass bundles for customers to burn. They've decided to market these bundles as specifically for the purpose of smudging; a sacred practice encountered/misunderstood by European settlers displacing indigenous communities, that has been appropriated into various neopaganism or new ageisms that erase and rescript the practice around white lines and capitalization.
I'd like to know if I could get CM feedback/Directive on whether I should keep it or if I can discontinue it.
Article on how they harvest White Sage
Poll Created Mon 10 Sep 2018 5:14PM
Get rid of Juniper Ridge White Sage and Wild Mint Tea Closed Sun 30 Sep 2018 5:01PM
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12 of 12 people have voted (100%)
Mon 10 Sep 2018 7:59PM
All about this! Thanks for getting us involved in this decision. As part of the marketing team, I am thinking about how we may be able to coordinate a blog post or article about why we don't sell products made with sacred and indigenous plants and medicines by white people at People's.
Mon 10 Sep 2018 8:04PM
thank you for looking into their company & engaging the cm in this!
Tue 11 Sep 2018 4:37PM
Thanks for bringing this up Ahsante. I don't think we should sell White Sage here, and would prefer to keep wildcrafted goods out of the commodity market in general--save for special circumstances.
Tue 11 Sep 2018 6:47PM
I chose "abstain" because I feel like there are questions and considerations I'd like to see addressed before I could "agree". Things I'd like to talk about: 1)the other Juniper Ridge products we carry with white sage and mint and how this decision would effect them; 2)the other products we carry in the store traditionally harvested by first nation people (e.g. wild rice); 3)the impact of this decision on other products we could potentially carry in the future (e.g. salmon, bison). Let's talk!
Tue 18 Sep 2018 11:58PM
I don't feel any concern about no longer carrying these teas, but I have q's about cutting teas and not other Juniper Ridge products and other things that might be similarly problematic. I also want us to communicate these concerns to Juniper Ridge/any other business that we feel is misappropriating sacred plants from cultures not their own. It feels important to me that we communicate better or even appropriate business practices.