Tikinagan: An Indigenous Parenting Practice Being Reclaimed

Tikinagan: An Indigenous Parenting Practice Being Reclaimed

The board and bow is to be made by the nohtawi (father) or the moshum (grandfather). The nihkawi (mother) is to make the covering. This provides a balance of kinship—everyone plays a part in ultimately providing security and comfort, and a space for observance and learning for the baby. This process alone shows the significant role that kinship plays within the lives of Indigenous peoples, because prior to the child coming physically into the world, teachings of kinship are being woven into the first place they will sleep.

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The Safest Place to Birth was Home (A Story from a Black INFJ Woman)

The Safest Place to Birth was Home (A Story from a Black INFJ Woman)

“I knew that if I chose to be a home-birth mother, I would be judged. Not only that, if something went wrong I would be dealing with birth trauma and possibly issues during postpartum. I decided to play it as safe as I could, especially since home births were pretty much illegal in the state of Maryland at the time…”

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