Asteraceae Artemisia californica Less.

California Sagebrush

Luiseno - Other, Ceremonial Items

Use documented by:
Sparkman, Philip S., 1908, The Culture of the Luiseno Indians, University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 8(4):187-234, page 199

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Scientific name: Artemisia californica Less.
USDA symbol: ARCA11 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: California Sagebrush
Family: Asteraceae
Family (APG): Asteraceae
Native American Tribe: Luiseno
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Ceremonial Items
Notes: Plant and white sage used to build a ceremonial hunting fire before hunting. The hunters stood around the fire and in its smoke before hunting because they believed that the fire and smoke would absolve them of any breach of social observances they might have committed which would otherwise have brought them bad luck.

RECRD: 30820 id: 4985