Bark and leaves are rich in a chemical similar to that found in
aspirin. Used in smoking mixtures (Chippewa). The willow tree is
associated with life and endurance, perhaps in part for the resilient ability
of cut branches to take root in water. |
Technology: Slender willow branches are good for certain types of basketry including cradle boards (Pomo) for babies and woven back rests and fish traps (Blackfoot). Willow twigs were fashioned into dolls by the Chippewa. The charred wood makes an excellent drawing charcoal.
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