Strengthening Connection Tee
The Indigenous Milk Medicine Collective (IMMC) is a grassroots organization of Native women, two-spirit, and femme lactation providers, lactivists and supporters. We work to increase support and resources for Native first food experiences, to promote healing and wellness, and to push for access, opportunity, visibility and equity in Indigenous Milk experiences. IMMC sponsors Indigenous Milk Medicine Week (IMMW) held annually in August during National Breastfeeding/Lactation Month.
This year’s IMMW featured artist is Kawahine Danner (@kawahinecreations). Kawahine is a Iñupiaq/Native Hawaiian artist. She was born and raised in Utqiagvik, Alaska and later moved to her Hawaiian homelands of Kauai, Hawaii where she discovered her passion for art and culture. She currently creates visual pieces on Iñupiaq land through Kawahine Creations. She collaborates with other Indigenous artists and advocates across the country. Kawahine shares, “My design inspiration for this piece was nature. I chose visuals that draw parallels between motherhood and the earth. Breastfeeding is a true natural gift because it requires dedication, sacrifice, and love… all to nourish the next generation of Indigenous people. Our connection to breastfeeding and our connection to the earth goes back thousands of years.”
@indigenousmilkmedicineweek and www.indigenousmilkmedicinecollective.org