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Sweetgrass is considered sacred and plays an important part in Native ceremonies. It smells sweet when dried and is traditionally braided together in long strands for storage or use. It is also used in sweat lodges. Clippings are placed on hot rocks during the sweat. Sweetgrass is often burned after sage as a purifier to encourage positive vibrations or spirits to enter an area or room.
For the Native Indians who roamed the North American plains, the Chokecherry provided vitamins and a sweet-tart flavor. These luscious purple berries were harvested, along with other fruit, in midsummer to fall and stored in a partly dried or frozen state. Chokecherries mixed with fat and suet and pounded into the meat of buffalo became pemmican, a staple food eaten by Native Indians during journeys and long winters. Today the Chokecherry fruit is used to make jam and syrup prized as a gourmet treat. Chokecherry bushes still grow wild in prairie ravines and remain one of the most important plants for wildlife food and shelter.