Thursday, September 23, 2010
My uncle Ray often explained how the native people would peel the bark and use it for their paper, and prayer baskets, pouches and carrying bags. Out of the wood they created the finest canoes. He said one needed to be very careful about removing the bark because there was only a special time of the year when peeling the bark would not kill the tree. He said the birch tree was also considered the “way shower” because the white bark shined and glistened in the moonlight lighting the way. In Lapland and Siberia it’s called Sky ladder. During trance the shamans would imagine themselves climbing the birch tree to enter the sky world. When my children were growing up I taught them to climb trees there is nothing better than to sit among the branches of a huge tree. There was always a tree nearby with branches just right for climbing.
Earliest findings written on Birch Bark