Mortar and pestle is one of the oldest medicine making tools. They exist in many different cultures, tribes and in opposite corners of the world. This particular one was made by my neighbor, Hoaka Delos Reyes. It is for making and grinding plant medicine…the old way. There is a sound, a flow, and healing that comes forward even when we use these kinds of tools. It connects us back to our roots, changes us while the medicine we make is changed. The next time you see one, I encourage you to get it, if you don’t have one already. Play, explore, listen.
There are all kinds of lovely videos on youtube about Hoaka: