Three Sisters De-colonial Soap
Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated all across Turtle Island. In Canada, Thanksgiving happens in October and has roots in colonization. The notion began with Sir Martin Forbisher in the 1700’s, an explorer who ate a meal of sausage and peas to celebrate and give thanks for his ship’s safe passage across the Atlantic and landing at Nunavut. In America, the tradition began with a story of settlers and Indians feasting together in harmony, a lie still taught in schools. In reality, thanksgiving was a celebration of colonial soldiers slaughter and decimation of 700 Pequot men, women, and children.
This time of year, Indigenous people celebrated harvest through feast, song, and dance pre-contact. Thanksgiving holds a very different meaning; thanksgiving was the beginning of colonization and attempted genocide of Indigenous nations of Turtle Island.
What does this have to do with soap you ask? We thought hard about how we wanted to share and bring awareness of this time of year through soap while honouring our Indigenous heritage. Indigenous people were always innovators; the concept of Three Sisters companion planting is brilliant! Plant corn so the beans can climb the stalk and cast shade on the squash. We integrated these three traditional sisters into our soap.
Introducing our Three Sisters De-Colonial Soap! Corn silk, black turtle beans, and pumpkin seeds. Squash, corn, and beans. We celebrate our companions; family, community, culture. We do not celebrate a genocidal holiday. Every year, millions of people give thanks, but do they know what for?
Sunflower Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Corn Silk, Black Turtle Beans, Pumpkin Seed, sodium hydroxide.