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.

Video & Resources (10:28)

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


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kinnikinnick in summer

Learn about this plant tin summer.



Used in the winter (0:40)

Used for prayer and ceremony (0:50)
How to harvest (1:10)
How to prepare for use (3:00)
For back pain (3:58)
Sacred plant (5:05)
Ceremonial preparation (6:45)
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