Native American Purple Wild Flower in Bloom


May the stars carry your sadness away, May the flowers fill your heart with beauty, May hope forever wipe away your tears. And above all, may silence make you strong.Chief Dan George

To Native Americans in many western tribes, wild flowers were a symbol of life. Paiute, Nez Perce, and Interior Salish people believed that wild flowers kept ghosts from causing harm to the living, so they were often placed in the homes or clothing of people who were in mourning or felt haunted. Wild flowers were also sometimes attached to cradleboards to bring vitality to infants. In some tribes, wild flower motifs were used in quillwork, beadwork, or other Native arts to represent survival and vitality as well. Wild flowers also played a role in traditional Native American herbal medicine, and rosehips (the fruit of wild flowers) were eaten as food in many tribes, either directly or as part of a pudding.



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