Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants

Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants

by Alfred Savinelli

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Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants by Alfred Savinelli

Sacred plants play an active role in traditional Native American ceremonies and rituals. Plants of Power lends clarity to the origins and purpose of these plants and the role of plant helpers in ritual communication with the spirit world. Newly revised, this illustrated guidebook gives traditional uses and anecdotes about the plants including many insights gathered from oral traditions. A valuable addition to the herbal library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570671302
Publisher: Native Voices
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Part I
The Use of Sacred Plants in Ceremony
The Ancestors Help Us to Practice14
Prayers for First Things
The Birth of Things, Morning Prayers19
First Rituals
Prayers and Incense Offerings at Birth, Separation from the Mother, Baby-Naming21
Rites of Initiation, Rites of Passage24
Preparing for Womanhood25
Preparing for Manhood26
Crying for a Vision Ceremony27
Sweat Lodge Ceremony29
The Sun Dance32
Rites of Last Things
The Keeping of the Soul Rite36
Releasing of the Soul Rite41
Ceremonies and Prayers, the Use of Cedar and Juniper, Before Bedtime44
The Four Directions46
Winnebago Prayer51
Part II
The Plants
Incense Cedar54
Red Cedar60
Copal62
Juniper68
Lavender72
Mugwort76
Osha79
Pinon, Nut Pine82
White Sage86
Desert Sage89
Sweet Grass92
Ceremonial Tobacco97
Red Willow Bark, Red Osher Dogwood111
Yerba Santa115
Bibliography120
Index122
About the Author128

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