Rosaceae Rosa nutkana K. Presl

Nootka Rose

Thompson - Other, Protection

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 267

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Scientific name: Rosa nutkana K. Presl
USDA symbol: RONUN (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Nootka Rose
Family: Rosaceae
Family (APG): Rosaceae
Native American Tribe: Thompson
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Protection
Notes: Branches placed around the body and house of a dead person to protect other people from its spirit. After a death, an orphan, widower or widow placed rose branches under the mattress to protect against sickness and to 'keep ghosts away.' Widows and widowers could fish only if rose branches were first swept around their gill nets.

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