Cory Cliffe had a turning point in his life in 2014 when he participated in Tribal Journeys. From there he started learning about who he really was, about how he was a Steward of the Land and Sea. His learning has led him to many new roles in his life, including a harvester for the community of medicinal plants and cedar. He took an interest in Devil’s Club and its strong cultural value as a plant that wards off bad energies and bad spirits. Devil’s Club has many medicinal properties, including topical pain relief, and as a healer of skin problems such as eczema and rashes. It also can reduce the markings from scars and stretch marks. Cory makes a healing salve from Devil’s Club, which he harvests locally in traditional Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ territory and ages for a year. He also makes necklaces from bone and teeth that he has personally collected on the land.
Cory Cliffe is of Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ descent and lives in Campbell River where he works for Greenways Land Trust as an Urban Watershed Restoration Specialist. His healing salve and necklaces are for sale in the Museum Shop.