From the Native American Times, 3 January 2005


Just because he is a traditionalist does not mean he can’t be a key player for a major company.

The Zann Corporation says they have inked a deal with Tis Mal Crow, an internationally known herbalist and Native American Root Doctor (Medicine Man).

Tis Mal is enhancing the company’s Blue Kiwi product line and has over 200 "Leaves of Light Plants as Teachers" products in the development pipeline to be introduced over the next 2-3 years. Blue Kiwi officials say have spent over 12 years and millions of dollars performing medical research on the medicinal characteristics and effects of natural vitamins, minerals, and herbal ingredients.

The next stop for the company is products aimed especially at an illness that afflicts thousand of American Indians. "We are launching a line of products that includes a new and enhanced 'Fatigue Pack' and products aimed at joint pain and diabetic problems,” said Robert C. Simpson, Chairman-CEO of ZANN Corp. “Our approach to product development is based on Tis Mal's formulae and his knowledge of Native American herbal uses combined with modern medical science. We intend to emphasize 'natural and organic' to the extent it is practical and probable.”

According to a biography provided by the company, Tis Mal Crow is a Native American of Cherokee and Hitchiti descent. Since childhood Tis Mal has worked with tribal elders studying the identification and medicinal uses of plants and native root doctoring techniques. The information was passed down through generations of elders for thousands of years. Tis Mal has been called to become an elder on the on the Medicinal Plant Working Group of the Council of Elders, a group of concerned elders working for the protection of endangered plants. This group is an off-shoot (ad hoc committee) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and U. S. Forestry Services. He has also been asked to speak at the United Nations permanent forum on indigenous affairs. In 2003, Tis Mal was a presenter in the Industrial Leadership for the Preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Symposium in Philadelphia.

Tis Mal authored the first book about native remedies by a native person, “Native Plants, Native Healing – Traditional Muskogee Way” to be printed and widely distributed. The book describes many of the ancient medicines and techniques mentioned above. He is also the first native person to record plant information in lecture form on CD’s that have been distributed in 13 countries outside the United States.

Tis Mal has been teaching classes and workshops on herbs for more than 20 years. He works with other indigenous healers and herb groups internationally to promote the medicinal uses of these herbs. For most of his adult life he has also been working for the conservation of the wild habitat needed to sustain the growth of these important plants.

Among other pursuits, Tis Mal is an advocate of the Children’s Garden, located in Kelowna (female grizzly bear), British Columbia, Canada. He provides all of the educational materials for the children on medicinal and food uses of plants as well as preservation and conservation of these plants. He does personal presentations for the children in order to pass on the culture of the indigenous peoples that can be learned and shared with the children of the dominant ‘outside world’ culture. He further stresses and teaches them to be conscious of others and share this planet together, because we are all “five fingered ones” and all related. Tis Mal’s beliefs gleaned from many years of learning and his experiences all over the world are that these relationships are not just for people, but plants, animals and the earth as well, known as the circle of life to the indigenous people.

Tis Mal is also widely recognized as an artist with his beadwork, dolls, and jewelry on display in galleries around the globe.