Asteraceae Balsamorhiza sagittata (Pursh) Nutt.
Blackfoot - Other, Incense & Fragrance
Use documented by:
Hellson, John C., 1974, Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians, Ottawa. National Museums of Canada. Mercury Series, page 47
View all documented uses for Balsamorhiza sagittata (Pursh) Nutt.
Scientific name: Balsamorhiza sagittata (Pursh) Nutt.
USDA symbol: BASA3 (View details
at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Family (APG): Asteraceae
Native American Tribe: Blackfoot
Use category: Other
Use sub-category: Incense & Fragrance
Notes: Roots used as incense during the Planting ceremonies of the Tobacco Society. A horse was encouraged to stand near a smudge of roots. Then a rider leapt on the horse and galloped across the planting grounds, stopping only to deposit small offerings to the Small People.
RECRD: 3626 id: 6854