Rosaceae Prunus emarginata (Dougl. ex Hook.) D. Dietr.
Thompson - Fiber, Basketry
Use documented by:
Turner, Nancy J., Laurence C. Thompson and M. Terry Thompson et al., 1990, Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia, Victoria. Royal British Columbia Museum, page 263
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Scientific name: Prunus emarginata (Dougl. ex Hook.) D. Dietr.
USDA symbol: PREME (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Bitter Cherry
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Fiber
Use sub-category: Basketry
Notes: Tough, waterproof bark used with grass stems for imbrication of coiled split cedar root baskets. The basket was either left a natural light reddish brown color or was dyed by burying it in damp earth or letting it sit in a rusty tin can. After being buried a short time, it became a dark brown color and when kept for a longer time, it became black.
RECRD: 33221 id: 30416