SalmonberryOrigins

Arctic Products for You, your Home and Craft

Alaska, United States · 3906 Sales

SalmonberryOrigins

Arctic Products for You, your Home and Craft

Alaska, United States 3906 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(1622)
Shop owner

Nasuġraq

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Announcement   From our Arctic home.....to Yours...

Welcome to my shop! My name is Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson. I'm an Inupiaq Eskimo Artist/herbalist/Mother from the North Slope of Alaska. I live in a tiny village called Anaktuvuk Pass where I live a Native Subsistence based lifestyle (which means we live off the land as much as possible). I love anything to do with my world! I have created this store specifically to share with you materials, herbs, sweets, and more from our unique everyday life. I hope you will allow a little bit of arctic into your home!

~visit often as I add new items regularly!

~ Be aware that once the herb and jam and jelly stock runs out it will be out till the next year, so get them when you can!

~ All arctic herbs are wildcrafted. I hand pick them from the tundra just as my ancestors have been doing for thousands of years.

~Herb descriptions are not meant to diagnose or cure anything and are only there for informational purposes. Please use responsibly and with awareness....
also visit my blog for more info: http://salmonberryorigins.blogspot.com/

~ I ship Monday-Friday. USPS only. No shipping on holidays.

~International customers: Please check your importing customs to make sure you can import my products. Include your telephone number in the 'Note to seller' when placing your order if you would like your contact number to be listed on the package.

~ If there is a known delay in shipping ie: storms preventing planes and such, I will post a notice in this box, and on my facebook page.

~I can make custom balms for your needs with the herbs I have available, or if you allergic to a certain ingredient in my salves I can exclude it for you. Please contact me ahead of time with your request.

~Where is your money going? It is going to help support us in our subsistence lifestyle, and in the long run goes to support this Native community and our long standing traditions. Thank you for your contributions! If you would like to donate money that will be distributed directly through amazing programs please visit: http://www.arcticslopecommunity.org/

Other Salmonberry Stuff!

My Blog: http://salmonberryblood.blogspot.com/
My 2d store: www.SalmonberryThoughts.etsy.com
My 3d store: www.SalmonberryDreams.etsy.com

Please become a fan of mine on facebook! Get the first peek on new items, get access to discount coupons for my stores, ask me questions on technique, and learn about the unique plants of the arctic!

Enjoy my shop and feel free to convo me with any questions!

Announcement
Last updated on Jun 4, 2016

From our Arctic home.....to Yours...

Welcome to my shop! My name is Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson. I'm an Inupiaq Eskimo Artist/herbalist/Mother from the North Slope of Alaska. I live in a tiny village called Anaktuvuk Pass where I live a Native Subsistence based lifestyle (which means we live off the land as much as possible). I love anything to do with my world! I have created this store specifically to share with you materials, herbs, sweets, and more from our unique everyday life. I hope you will allow a little bit of arctic into your home!

~visit often as I add new items regularly!

~ Be aware that once the herb and jam and jelly stock runs out it will be out till the next year, so get them when you can!

~ All arctic herbs are wildcrafted. I hand pick them from the tundra just as my ancestors have been doing for thousands of years.

~Herb descriptions are not meant to diagnose or cure anything and are only there for informational purposes. Please use responsibly and with awareness....
also visit my blog for more info: http://salmonberryorigins.blogspot.com/

~ I ship Monday-Friday. USPS only. No shipping on holidays.

~International customers: Please check your importing customs to make sure you can import my products. Include your telephone number in the 'Note to seller' when placing your order if you would like your contact number to be listed on the package.

~ If there is a known delay in shipping ie: storms preventing planes and such, I will post a notice in this box, and on my facebook page.

~I can make custom balms for your needs with the herbs I have available, or if you allergic to a certain ingredient in my salves I can exclude it for you. Please contact me ahead of time with your request.

~Where is your money going? It is going to help support us in our subsistence lifestyle, and in the long run goes to support this Native community and our long standing traditions. Thank you for your contributions! If you would like to donate money that will be distributed directly through amazing programs please visit: http://www.arcticslopecommunity.org/

Other Salmonberry Stuff!

My Blog: http://salmonberryblood.blogspot.com/
My 2d store: www.SalmonberryThoughts.etsy.com
My 3d store: www.SalmonberryDreams.etsy.com

Please become a fan of mine on facebook! Get the first peek on new items, get access to discount coupons for my stores, ask me questions on technique, and learn about the unique plants of the arctic!

Enjoy my shop and feel free to convo me with any questions!

Nasuġraq

Contact shop owner

Nasuġraq

Caribou Leaf Salve - sample size
US$3.00
Arctic Tea Sample Set
US$5.25
Arctic Flora Sample
US$1.50
Arctic Butter with Lanolin - sample size
US$3.00
Arctic Salve - Sample size
US$2.50
Arctic Salve - .50 oz screw top tin
US$9.50
Cottonwood Bud Balm - 2 oz. tin
US$15.00
Crowberry Tisane
US$7.50
Cottonwood Bud Balm - sample size
US$3.00
Arctic Luxury Bath Tea - for feminine balance
US$12.00
Origins Hair & Scalp oil - sample sized
US$3.00
Skin Tisane
US$7.50
Cloudberry Leaf Tisane - Loose Leaf tin
US$10.00
Cloudberry Leaf Tisane
US$7.50
Topical Acne Solution - Sample Sized
US$2.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1622)
jspears34

jspears34 on Aug 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

all of the smells were delightful and unique. I also enjoyed the little pamphlet that described each and every one, highly recommend these scents. (My favorites are canus lupus and labrador tea)

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Breathing relief in these smoggy, muggy days

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The lady who runs this shop is incredible. Such knowledge is hard to find

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderfully packaged so you can travel with it, too

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The lady who runs this shop is incredible. Such knowledge is hard to find

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderfully packaged so you can travel with it, too

Krystal Kraus

Krystal Kraus on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wonderfully packaged so you can travel with it,

Tracy Cervantes

Tracy Cervantes on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love these balms. My lips have never been so soft. I carry at least one with me at all times and one is beside my bed for nighttime. I am glad i found your shop.

Tracy Cervantes

Tracy Cervantes on Aug 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a great sampler. I am making my way threw everything thing and i am very impressed. I have got to say my favorite is the scent samples. I haven't worn one that I haven't liked. I think some full sizes are in my future. Thank you for your wonderful items. Love your shop.

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About

Ancient Traditions of Northern Alaska

One of my earliest memories is of strolling across the arctic tundra, not another soul or even a road in sight, hand in hand with my mother. She would bend down and pluck a fragrant plant from the loam and whisper it's uses and names in my ear. Of course I forgot most of those lessons, but it left in me an adoration and thirst to know more.

Since I am a product of two worlds (one old and wise, and one young and empowered) it seems very fitting that I create products that reflect that combination. I enjoy the process of learning and rejoicing in the finding of that knowledge.

I employ several young people to help me gather and prepare the herbs and fruits of the arctic tundra. It enables me to pass on the knowledge and excitement that I feel for these tiny pieces of knowledge. All of my products are the fruit of many many weeks of research and experimentation, and rely heavily on both scientific research and old tried and true knowledge gained from my ancient culture.

Everything I mail out is sent with arctic love and care, and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do!

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  • Nasuġraq

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    I am an Inupiaq Eskimo woman that lives deep in the boonies of Northern Alaska with an adventurous husband, a baby girl, and several dogs. We live a predominantly subsistence lifestyle and strive to keep ancient traditions and knowledge alive.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 8, 2016
I am an Inupiaq Eskimo woman that lives a subsistence life in which I live as much as possible off the land in a tiny native village called Anaktuvuk Pass Alaska. I opened this store to offer what I can of the herbal medicines, raw materials, herbs, sweets, and other small experiences from the arctic tundra. I do my best to ensure that the product that you receive is as as natural and as effective as possible.

I believe in the repeat customer. I will do what I can to make your experience with my store a memorable and enjoyable one.

Please visit my other sites!

My 3d store: www.SalmonberryDreams.etsy.com
My 2d store: www.SalmonberryThoughts.etsy.com
My Blog: http://SalmonberryBlood.blogspot.com/

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I encourage people to purchase my items using pay pal or directly through Etsy using a card as it is a secure site and offers many quick ways of payment. I will take money orders. I will hold an item for two weeks once I have been notified of its sale for money orders. Please be aware that because of my remote location it might take longer than normal for me to receive payment. I will wait till the next business day to mail the item, till then you can convo. me to cancel a purchase.

I will hold item for 3 days after I have been notified that it will be paid for using paypal before relisting it on the fourth day. Please make sure you pay as soon as possible if you choose the pay pal option.
Shipping
I ship using parcel post, first class, priority mail, first class international, or priority global via USPS. Because of my location the USPS is the only service available. Tracking, if available for your package, is included for free. My postage service will email you a tracking number to the email listed on your etsy account, once mailed, if it is available.

~As of FEB 1st 2012 the longest domestic shipping time was 9 days for an envelope, and 2 weeks for a parcel post box. The shortest was 2 days. The shortest International first class was 2 weeks.

~Be aware that I ship to the address listed in your ETSY profile, not your Paypal profile. Unless you notify me in notes on purchase invoice.

~I do what's possible to insure that if you buy herbs from me they are packed to prevent crushing, but expect some settling of product because of transit. This goes for the foot soak also.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not offer refunds at this time. Please be sure of your purchase. I try and represent my items as true and as detailed as possible, if you have any questions PLEASE ASK BEFORE you purchase. I do not offer exchanges.

If there is something wrong with your product please convo me as soon as you notice it. I will exchange or replace a product if the quality was not to my expectations or if they did not meet the description of the product.

Did not receive your package? Please contact me if you have not received your package within a reasonable time period.

Are you missing a product from your order? Pleas convo me immediately and I will ship at no cost to you. Sometimes the little lemmings mess up the cogs of the shop!
Additional policies and FAQs
Please convo me questions and I will add them here as they are answered.

Q: Why did I see an herb/berry/jam/jelly yesterday or last month and it's not there today?
A: I follow Nature and her whims so once I run out of an herb or product I must wait till the next year to collect another batch. All of these plants can only be harvested during specific times of the year, and it depends on my other activities (we live a subsistence life) and how much time I have to gather them. So get them when you can! I will not stock the herb for more than the next season, which is usually about 9 months. Jams will not be stocked beyond a season also (jams are my best sellers so they go VERY fast!)

Q: When are you going to sell more wolf fur scraps? why has it been so long? Can you list some tomorrow?
A: Most of the year the wolf skins and scraps are kept in a cool and dry place in storage to extend their shelf life. There are only a couple times I will expose them to the environment....right before winter - when I make repairs and replace old furs and such, and late winter - when we harvest and replace what we have used or there is a need to supply our family with replacement furs. Of course this means it might be a bit frustrating to you if you need a scrap or two! Sometimes if I have the extended time needed to pull out the skins and sort/photograph/list them I will post a few pieces, but more than likely you will have to wait till the cycle comes back around! Please stock up when they are available!

Q:Are there any guarantees on your materials?
A: I guarantee that the items are 100% from a registered Alaskan Native, myself. I guarantee that the Alaskan Native materials are authentic and have been gathered as humanely as possible. My other half is a very skilled and highly trained hunter, from a long line of Ancient hunters, and takes pride in his ability to harvest animals with little or no pain or suffering. I guarantee that every animal that we have harvested has gone to feed our family, or families that have lost their hunters or no longer can hunt for themselves. I also guarantee that we do not hunt animals for profit but for food and survival.

Q: Can you sell me some reindeer fur/products?
A: We do not hunt reindeer, and they are VERY rare here. Reindeer are a species that was introduced by the U.S. government and are not found here naturally. The reindeer herders are gone and what reindeer are left have bred with the native caribou population. Reindeer are "cousins" of the caribou. We only harvest wild caribou.

Q:Why do I only ship USPS and not UPS or any other delivery service?
A: I live in a village in the boonies in which there is no roads, so everything here is shipped in and out using very very tiny planes, which depend on weather conditions, and which only fly a few times a week.

Q: can I buy scrap Polar bear fur or raven feathers from you?
A: Short answer -No. Long answer - Our subsistence rights are controlled by regulations set forth by the Federal government. We adhere to these rules strictly to ensure that we prevent these animals from being exploited and to ensure that we keep our sacred rights to live off the land. %75 of our food comes from this land so we are careful to stick to the rules. Marine mammal raw materials are forbidden to be sold raw (such as polar bear, seal, whale, beluga, wlarus), as well as muskox, and any bird besides the ptarmigan. Registered Inupiaq Eskimo people such as myself can make and sell goods out of some of these materials and sell them (which I do at: salmonberrydreams.etsy.com) To get more info on this stuff you can visit the Alaska Fish and Game site: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/


Q: What do you make your scent memory oils out of? is it real plants? will I be allergic to it? How do you make them? Can I find them mass produced?
A: I buy high quality manufactured ultra concentrated synthetic perfume oils that are sold to be used in the making of soaps and lotions and artisan perfumes. These are produced to be skin safe and very fragrant. I do not use extracts from plants, this cuts down on the percentage of people who have negative and side reactions as it is also of our belief that extracts from plants are medicinal and should be treated as such. Plant extracts contain a myriad of chemicals that can, and usually do, react with the systems of the human body, whether the person wants them to or not. Since a fragrance should be as neutral as possible I have chosen to use synthetics. It also opens up the palette for me as the designer, as there are many many more notes of scent available synthetically. I purchase single 'notes' (as in they have one smell ex: orange, or Ivy, or almond) and I combine them in a way so that they closely mimic the desired smell I am aiming for. I also combine them in a way so that the smell changes the way I want it to over time. I then dilute the concentrated mixture I made in oils, oils that are good for your skin and won't dry it out like alcohol, that extend the perfume life, that will prevent the perfume from spoiling over a long period of time. These are called 'artisan' perfumes and you will not be able to find them anywhere else but here. Please send me a note if you wish to offer my perfume oils in your brick and mortar stores as I do offer bulk discounts.

Q: Why do some products carry a aspirin allergy warning? Do you add aspirin to them?
A: No I do not add aspirin to my products. Some of my products do contain wildcrafted willow bark, which carries a natural form of salicylic acid which is also found in OTC aspirin. So if you have a reaction to aspirin, more than likely you will have a reaction to my products containing Willow or Alder. It is a pain reliever that has been used for thousands of years...it is milder than OTC aspirin, but lasts much longer.

Q: Where is your money going?
A: It is going to help support us in our subsistence lifestyle, and in the long run goes to support this Native community and our long standing Ancient traditions. Thank you for your contributions! If you would like to donate money that will be distributed directly through amazing programs please visit: http://www.arcticslopecommunity.org/