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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Pinus species)
PINE Medicine: A Chippewa decoction applied to cuts and wounds uses sections cut from trunk of a young White pine (P. strobus). The gum resin could be chewed for sore throats. The heated resin is used to draw out splinters.

Technology: The clustered needles of Red pine (P. Resinosa) were trimmed to shape and used by Chippewa as little dolls. These little dolls were situated on one end of a stiff strip of bark or board. When the board was tapped or rocked, the little pine dolls would dance. Types of pine were also used to make dugout canoes. The trunk of a pine tree was hollowed out using a combination of burning and then chipping out the burned material.

Note: For additional information browse NativeTech's Information about the Little Pines Game

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