Threeleaf Sumach

(Rhus trilobata) American Indian groups like the Navajo and Apache used the branches of this sumach more extensively than those of any other plant, except willow, for baskets. The Zuni reserved them for the very best baskets (J Taylor), while the Navajo made their sacred baskets from them, and they used the twigs, with the leaves and berries, boiled, in dyeing processes (Yarnell). It provides black for basketry and leather dyes. Tradition required that basketry dyes should be stirred with a sumach stick (H H Smith. 1923). The berries found their way into American domestic medicine. They are given in Alabama to stop bed-wetting (R L Browne).

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