Pinaceae Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud.

Lodgepole Pine

Blackfoot - Fiber, Furniture

Use documented by:
Hellson, John C., 1974, Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians, Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series, page 116

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Scientific name: Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud.
USDA symbol: PICOC (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Lodgepole Pine
Family: Pinaceae
Family (APG): Pinaceae
Native American Tribe: Blackfoot
Use category: Fiber
Use sub-category: Furniture
Notes: Wood used to make back rest poles and bed supports. The back rest poles were cut about five forearms in length and dried over a fire of rotten logs. One end of the pole was perforated and the other end sharpened. Then a stick was inserted through the hole and the pole etched. Later it was painted red and blue with buffalo shoulder blade applicators. Back rest poles were often notched to record the number of camp moves.

RECRD: 4088 id: 27391