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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Ulmus fulua)
SLIPPERY ELMMedicine: The bark is used in medicines for sore throats. The inner bark, when mixed with water, produces a gummy slippery substance that can be used as a soothing ointment.

Technology: Fibers from the inner bark were used for lashing. The bark was used to make folded buckets and other containers and for bark shingles to cover wigwams. Chippewa cut flat dolls out of the bark for toys for their children. Elm bark was chewed and occasionally used by Chippewa to patch small holes in bark containers.

Note: Note: Also called Indian Elm

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