T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh, Sto:lo, Hawaiian, Swiss) is an educator, interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous ethnobotanist engaged in community based teaching and sharing. Throughout Wyss’s 30 year practice, Wyss’s work encompasses storytelling and collaborative initiatives through their knowledge and restoration of Indigenous plants and natural spaces. Wyss has been recognized for exchanging traditional knowledge in remediating our relationship to land through digital media, site-specific engagements and weaving. Wyss has participated and exhibited at galleries, museums, festivals and public space such as Vancouver Art Gallery, Morris, Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and the PuSh Festival to name a few. Their work can be found in various collections such as the National Library of Canada, Special Collections at the Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Vancouver Public Library. They have lead the transformation of Semi-Public (半公開) during their Fellowship at 221a and they are the 2021 ethnobotanist resident at the Wild Bird Sanctuary. They have assisted in developing an urban Indigenous garden currently showing at the 2021 Momenta Biennale in Montreal. Indigenous tea company looseleaf teas
Senaqwila Wyss is Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. She holds a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in the faculty of Communications, Arts and Technology, minor in First Nations Studies. She also holds a First Nations Languages Proficiency Certificate in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim. She and her husband are raising their 5 year old daughter , and adopted her 10 year old niece, to be first language speakers, which has not been done in her family four generations after colonial impacts. She practices ethnobotany with traditionally trained mom Cease Wyss with indigenous plant medicines. Senaqwila was raised learning these ancestral teachings and uses plants as teas, medicines, tinctures and ceremony Indigenous tea company looseleaf teas
Welcome to our Indigenous tea company. We are a handcrafted, small batch, indigenous-owned business, run by mother and daughter Cease Wyss and Senaqwila Wyss from the Squamish Nation.
check out our website for more info on our work in ethnobotany!
Other plant-based products we have handmade salves, tinctures, beeswax candles from our beehives in the community garden, and pure raw honey. We harvest our plants seasonally, trade with other neighbouring communities, and on occasion bulk order some of the herbs from local organic suppliers. Indigenous tea company looseleaf teas
Our products range from indigenous teas made from the important medicines of the ecosystem here in the Pacific Northwest Coast and have some blends that honour our Hawaiian heritage. We grow many of our plants in our community garden in the Xwemeltchsn, now known as Capilano Reserve in West Vancouver. Indigenous tea company looseleaf teas
(L to R) Cease Wyss, Barbara Wyss, Kamaya Leo , Senaqwila Wyss. Grandmother, great-grandmother, grand-daughter, daughter. a sacred and rare special 4-generation bond.
Sharing plant medicinal teachings with all people from all walks of life is our passion. Cease and Senaqwila Wyss share the business "Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co." and strive to deliver the best quality hand-crafted, Indigenous Teas that have been well-loved by our community for over 30+ years!
We are so very grateful for you all!