While only conjecture is possible: What may account for the consortiums disappearance

may relate to our own general descriptions about "trade" and Native conditions;

as presented herein.

Such things happening often revolve on just how much of the “trade”

in general (is - or was) based on exploitation.

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Since the days of outside economic influence - smaller groups of bands and tribes

tried sorting through what their needs were in conjunction with what was made available by

trading natural goods - for manufactured items.

Furs for guns; for example.

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The terms and offers have often been to the outsider’s advantage.

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Additional elements have affected the balances of those gathered or hunted natural goods.

One is the effect of alcohol; another is drugs.

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Since its intentional introduction - the addiction rates in FN community have been very, very high.

The despairs of loss of autonomy and language; freedom and health contributed

immensely to the overall backdrop of chemical addicitions.

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People will act impulsively when they are able to trade their work for another round of what

they are addicted to. Making and selling things; even Sweetgrass braids - is no exception.

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YET - elements of community healing and behavior improvements have been underway in

FN community - in general - for some number of decades - in systematic and successful ways.

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So, what then happens when a group no longer is willing to sell what was exploitatively priced

to BEGIN WITH?

Disagreements and dissolving partnerships can result.

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If the work of collecting and braiding and caring for these Sweetgrass Braids has an

intrinsic worth - but the cheapest supplies available is much lower than that

- then what you see being sold at “bargain rates” has to be based on exploitation -

often based on financial desperation and/or addiction/s.

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You decide! 

In my opinion - a braid of Sweetgrass should not be lower than a fair price -

and the mark-up from that - by those who travel to get these by the truck or carload -

and their overheads - and distributing costs - should have an honest basis upon which

the information rests - one that deserves every step along the way to be done in a fair way.

  If not - then - what have you got that you want your best prayers to be presented

through smudging?

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