Nathan Wright (aka Spiritman from the Sun) is a Citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the owner of Herbal Lodge. Wright combines both Indigenous and conventional herbal knowledge into his products. Wright has diverse experiences not only as an Indigenous Herbalist but also in developing innovative methods for his business. He served in the military and is also an Indigenous and Environmental activist. Wright is also a certified mycologist. He shares his knowledge as an educator focusing on plants used in Anishinabek healing and emphasizing traditional sustainable practices. He makes himself available for herbal and Indigenous presentations, both online and in person. By his beliefs to honor the plants and trees, Wright is also a Water Protector and was at Standing Rock on the front line when the dogs attacked in 2016. The experience changed him.
In 2019, Wright founded MackinawOde, a collective group that addresses Indigenous and Environmental concerns and has garnered national attention. He has been featured in various media outlets, Water Protector music videos, and a documentary. Wright likes to say, “I used to be a Marine who fought for a country, now I am a Water Protector fighting for Mother Earth.”