Eastern white cedar – Thuja occidentalis

In Anishinaabemowin, eastern white cedar is sometimes called Giizhik, and also gi’jikan’dug meaning cedar like, as it’s not a “true cedar”. One of the alternative names for Eastern white cedar is swamp cedar as it likes to grow in damp woods. Another name is Tree of Life, which the white-tailed deer and a multitude of […]

Common burdock – Arctium minus

In Chippewa, Wiisagibag meaning bitter leaf, also Wiisagijiibik meaning bitter taproot and Gi’ masan meaning big stickers. Burdock’s folk names are predominately along the lines of burr-this or that-burr, like burrseed for instance. Which is questionable – it’s the part of the plant used the least. And if you’ve been playing along, you know I […]