Learn about harvesting bearberry in the winter and its uses. Discover how it got its name from the Northern Cheyenne and how two women and their children survived a dangerous winter experience with the help of this plant and a wolf.

Vignette Video (3:55)

Watch this short video to begin to understand the importance and use of the bearberry.

Video & Resources (19:01)

See the bearberry first hand in winter and hear the stories of the origin of its name and of the great wolf.

Lesson Plans

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Survival food (0:40)

How it got the name bearberry (1:40)
Pronunciation (4:45)

The story of the two women and the wolf (4:45 – 19:01)