Native American Juniper Mythology

Published on November 30, 2012 by Casey

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Juniper plants
Juniper

Native American Juniper Mythology

Juniper plants are associated with protection in many different Native American tribes. The Interior Salish and Northwest Coast tribes used juniper to banish evil spirits and protect themselves from witchcraft. Among the southwestern Pueblos, junipers were believed to counteract ‘ghost sickness,’ a malady which afflicted bereaved relatives or people who handle the bodies of the dead. Plains Indian tribes, such as the Dakota, Cheyenne, and Pawnee, often hung juniper boughs on their tepees or burned them in the camp fire to keep their homes safe from storms. And in many tribes people, especially hunters, would carry a spring of juniper as a protective charm or rub juniper branches on their bodies before embarking on a dangerous journey to protect themselves from grizzly bears, monsters, or general bad luck. Juniper is one of the herbs frequently included in medicine bundles and amulets. Juniper berries were also eaten by people in some Southwestern and Southern California tribes, and juniper leaves were frequently used as medicinal herbs.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

Juniper is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with juniper bush clans include the Hopi, whose Juniper Clan is named Hongyam, and the Apache tribes.

Source: native-languages

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged
Based on the collective work of NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, © 2014 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To Native American Juniper Mythology
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

Native American Juniper Mythology NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com website: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-juniper-mythology/

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

Native American Juniper Mythology NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com. NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-juniper-mythology/ (accessed: October 24, 2014).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"Native American Juniper Mythology" NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 24 Oct. 2014. <NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-juniper-mythology/>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, "Native American Juniper Mythology" in NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-juniper-mythology/. Available: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com. Accessed: October 24, 2014.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2014,
    title = {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged},
    month = Oct,
    day = 24,
    year = 2014,
    url = {http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/native-american-juniper-mythology/},
}
You might also like:

Tags:  , ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.