When speaking of plants, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Ephemeral beauty…? Delicate flowers…? Fragile, tender stems…?

What about women? After all, many cultures have compared women to flowers: beautiful, delicate, fragile…

What about strength? The Mi’kmaq people have a title ‘Sagaligesw’ which means quite literally ‘Plant Woman.’ It is a name of honor, denoting a wise and respected elder, a skilled healer, a strong spiritual guide. And yes, also a woman.

The intermingling of these concepts seems counter-intuitive. And yet both plants and women have an inner strength that is often hidden by the beauty of the exterior covering, as it were. Sagaligesw: Plant & Woman uses the language of flowers and their interplay with the traditional meanings of women’s names to prompt discussion on these parallels.


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