Native Village Plants Library

"The trees are great teachers. The trees are great listeners. That is why we should meditate in their presence. The Great spirit is in every rock, every animal, every human being and in every tree. The Great Spirit has been in some trees for hundreds of years. Therefore, the trees have witnessed and heard much. The trees are the Elders of the Elders. Their spirits are strong and very healing."
Mary Hayes, Clayoqout


**Sacred Plants: A Gift From The Gods
From the Pachamama Alliance.

**Medicinal Plant Map
A hundred years ago 70% of all medicines were made from plants.

**Five Fascinating Facts about Redwoods
Only a few small pockets of these magnificent trees survive in our world.

**Herbal Cures Plant Map
Map of herbal cures by state

10 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate
The ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations introduced us to the cacoa bean, a healthy, delicious food-source

**Trees Actually Speak When They Are Thirsty
From researchers at Grenoble University in France

**How to Plant a Three Sisters Garden
The corn stalk is a pole for the beans, the beans add nitrogen for the corn,  the squash provides a ground cover to retain moisture.

**Farm to School Programs
A guide for creating a farm-to-school program in an indigenous community

**The Health Benefits of Purifying House Plants
A List of plants for a healthier home
The Health Benefits of Purifying House Plants

*National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Alliance of grassroots organizations pushing for national reform to advance sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

**The Business of Indian Agriculture
An online curriculum designed to help farmers and ranchers succeed in managing their businesses

**Create Leaf Rubbings
Choose a leave and use your mouse to reveal the pattern.

**Recommended Native Plants by State
Select a collection, browse the collection, or search the collections

**A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees
Watch the video online.

**The Pollination Game
Explore how different flowers attract different animals to pollinate them

**A Look at Flower Pollination and the Significance of Bees
A website chock full of links regarding bees and pollination

Native Seeds Free Seed Program
Free seeds to Native People living in the Greater Southwestern region.

**Plant Finder

 **Zuni Harvest Dance
Arden Kucate gives background on the Zuni culture and the harvest celebration.


The Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Muscogees (Creeks) and Seminoles

*National Garden Association
Youth focused grants, events, videos, projects and a wealth of information about plants.

**GMO A Go-Go
Truth about GMOs explained in animated cartoon

**Branching Out for Wildlife Mega-Poster
Print out the pages and make a 5 1/2 foot tree poster!

**Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers
New CFS Report Exposes Devastating Impact of Monsanto Practices on U.S. Farmers

Free educational plant-based materials, grants, and resources

*Native American Plant Mythology
Collection of Native American plant stories from various tribes

**King Corn: Corny Corn Maze
Go through the maze to explore the world of food and get an earful of corn knowledge

*A Plant's-Eye History of the World
Exploring the History of 4 plants and their evolving relationships with humanity

**Starting a Community Garden
A great resource filled with information

**Creating a Pollinator Garden  
Cultivate a garden, schoolyard, or few containers to provide pollinators vital oases amidst deserts of buildings and concrete.

**The Botanical Burgs
Test your knowledge of towns named after trees

**Three Sisters Garden Planting & Harvest
Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama

**Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the NortheasT
From Native Tech

**How to Win a GMO Debate
10 facts why genetically modified food is bad

**Plant Conservation Alliance
An invaluable resource of agencies and groups to help us protect, nurture, and restore our ecosystems.

**Create a dog friendly wildlife garden
Design a haven not only for wild animals but for pets as well.

**Unique Plant Communities on  National Forests and Grasslands**

*Forest Protection Portal
Works to end deforestation, preserve old-growth forests, conserve and sustain other forests, and more

*The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra
Just how musical can vegetables be? Ask this group who's played vegetable music in Europe and Asia.

**Native American Ethnobotany
A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants.

**Plant Parts 
Flashcards! Activities! Very cool and very fun games!

**Just for Kids: Celebrating Wildflowers
From the U.S. Forest Service

Forest Service native Plant Materials Policy and Authorities\

**Ethics and Native Plants

**Free Butterfly Garden Seeds

**International Year of Natural Fibres 2009
Learn about natural fibers, their value to consumers, and how they sustain farmers' incomes.

**Gardening for Native Bees in North America   
Helps home gardeners choose flowering plants whose species will please gardener and bee alike.

Browse through various data from 90,000 plant specimens and images for over 50,000.

**Billion Tree Campaign
A major world-wide tree planting campaign by the United Nations

**Select a Tree

**School Gardens
The history of the school gardens in America and why school gardens are making a comeback.

**The Mystery of the Sweet Potato
What does this plant teach us about history?

**Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators
Background about pollination and pollinators

*Essential oils
The art of making and using essential oils

**Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
      Invites students to design chambers for growing plants on the moon.

**Global Biopiracy: Patents, Plants, And Indigenous Knowledge

K'ante ‘el – Precious Forest  
Location: Guatemala    Length: 11 min 

*Yakama Nation Wildlife, Range, and Vegetation Resources Management
A detailed and well-rounded website about the tribe's programs.

**International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of Tropical Forests
A worldwide network of organizations representing indigenous and tribal peoples living in tropical forest regions.

**Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
Over 2000 mushrooms of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia

**Pick the Pollinator
Test your knowledge of how insects, birds and other pollinators help flowering plants flourish.

**Plants Used by the Wappo Indians

Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Preserving Biodiversity
Indigenous knowledge about cultivated and wild species.

**Celebrating Wildflowers

**Month by Month Planting Calendar
Presents lists for each month of flowering plants that may be planted in U.S. gardens
*The American Cranberry
Explores how to plant, harvest, cook, and market this round red relative of the blueberry.

**Ohio Valley Dyes
An account of some of the principal dyes employed by the North-American Indians
From the Ohio River Valley

**How Creator brought sagebrush to the desert people
A desert creation story

Mexico: Chiapas Highlands: A Sense of Place
Audio file of how the arrival of GM crops is beginning to influence their lives

UCS Pharma Crop Database
Find out if pharma crops have been approved for planting in your state

10 Steps To Better Eco-Diving In Kelp Forests
Guidelines for safe scuba diving in kelp forests

Botanic Gardens
Using Biodiversity to improve human well-being [pdf]

What is Crop Diversity  
Looks at crop diversity and its importance in agriculture and food security.

Wieslander Vegetation Type Maps & Photographs   
A collection of over 3,000 digitized photographs of natural vegetation in California

The Organic Center   
Features articles and reports on subjects such as pesticides in foods, nutritional quality, antioxidants, and food safety.

**Birch bark
Native American uses for birchbark

**USDA Crop Profiles
Information on production, cultural practice, and treatments of insect pests and diseases.

**EcoKids: Tree Planting Tips 
Tree planting tips and related activities for children. C

**How Wild is Your Garden?
How much do you know about the native plants that attract wildlife?

*National Tree Trust 
NTT's mission is to act as a catalyst for local volunteer groups in growing, planting, and maintaining trees in rural communities, urban areas, and along our nation's highways.

**Plants In Motion
Time-lapse photography shows science of plants.

**Millennium Seed Bank Project [pdf]
Organizations establishing seed banks to protect the wide diversity of existing plant life
for future generations.

** Honoring the Land: Creating the Natural Environment at NMAI
Smithsonian.TV explorers the creation and care of the Native Landscape at the National Museum of the American Indian

** Native American Ethnobotany
A database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants

** Schools for Chiapas
Maya Seed Saving Photo Gallery

** Exploratorium: Science of Gardening
Video clips, interactives, photos, and articles about seeds, plants and gardening.

** Calafate or Michay
Mapuche Medicine

**Native Gardening Resources
A list of learning resources from the Eiteljorg museum

**The Vegetables We Eat
Discusses seeds, specialized root systems, shoot systems, edible leaves, flowers and more.

**California Wild Rice
A semi-aquatic grass that historically grew in lakes, tidal rivers and bays in water between 2 and 4 feet deep

**Herbicide-Resistant Horseweed in California
Now growing prolifically on irrigation canal banks, vacant lots, orchard and vineyard floors, roadsides and gardens

** National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation
Over 1,000,000,000 seeds from 5,000 species to protect them from extinction.

* Botany
     Offers resources related to the study of earth's more than400,000 documented species of plant life.

* Music for Dogwoods
Musicians imagine the voice of the dogwood:

*The Invasive Species Initiative
Terrific list of resources about invasive plants and how to manage them

*Native Plants & Medicine
Video Archive from the Tillie Hardwick Lecture Series

*Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Books
Featuring plants and wild flowers from the northwestern United States and the Texas hill country.

*Invasive Plant Atlas of New England 
Contains images and descriptive information for the invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England

Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery
The Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery has over 600 species of plants to help students required to learn plants as a part of their studies.

 Eternal Seed

Macrofungi of Costa Rica
Fungi, anyone?

**Healing Plants
Indigenous and medicinal plants and their applications are as diverse as the tribes who use them.

Gathering of Plants/Plant Parts by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes for Traditional Purposes
Indigenous Elders' formal statement to the National Park Service regarding their proposed rule of gathering plants or plant parts.  to National Park

Do Trees Communicate?
This video shows how trees communicate with each other and with other species and systems

Indian Ag YouTube Channel
From the Intertribal Agricultural Council

**Smarty Plants
Discover the "brains" behind plant behavior

Trees for Wildlife
Receive free trees to plant in your community

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching
Created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs.

How Wild Is Your Garden
Take the garden wildlife quiz

**Wild Ones
Healing the Earth with Native plants and Natural Landscapes, one yard at a time

**Native Plant Dyes
How plants brought color to the
decoration of animal skins, fabrics, crafts, hair, and even their bodies.

**Tree Ring Recording
This is what it sounds like when you put tree rings on a record player.

The Heritage Project: Ethnobotany
The annual project by Barona Indian Charter School 7th-8th graders.

10 Fruits and Vegetables You Can Plant Once And They Keep Coming Back

First Nations Nurture Native Seeds
Watch the Public Service Announcement

Plant Neighbors
Know what animals and plants share your backyard? Check out the eNature zip guide!

Different plant dye sources and their natural and historical contexts

**Native American Plant Mythology

Dave Morris, Ethnobotanist
In this video profile, ethnobotanist Dave Morris studies how native peoples in Arizona gathered plant materials for buildings, utilitarian objects, and spiritual uses.

**Svalbard  Global Seed Vault
Ensuring that the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops is preserved for future generations

**Living Maya Time
Sun, corn, and the calendar

**Broad-Leaved Cattail
Natives used these plants for foods, baskets, mats, beds, and more

**The Common Elderberry
An important plant to Native peoples

**Wild Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest

**ENature Zip Guides
Learn what animals and plants, including endangered species, share your backyard!

Protect Traditional Rights to Farm

iPlant Collaborative
Empowering a New Plant Biology

**Culturally Significant Plants

**Native American Cordage
How American Indians prepared plant and animal fibers for making ropes and cords. An animated demonstration of thigh-spinning is included. 

**The Life of the Flowers
Flowers are filmed for two days and photos are collated to get this magical effect.

**Foraging, Wildcrafting Medicine, and Primitive Living Skills
Wild and traditionally-prepared foods, herbal medicine, nutritional healing,

**Medicinal Plants of the Potawatomi

**Toxic and Non Toxic Plants
Protect your pets and other animals.

**Leaf Snap
Electronic field guides for mobile apps to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves.

**Medicinal Plants of the Potawatomi

 **A Capsule History of Tobacco 
After  European invasion of the Americas, tobacco became an international craze.

**Health and Healing:
Indigenous ways of developing a relationship with the plant world and native herbalists' lifetime commitment to herbal medicine.

*Genetically Modified Food: A Growing Debate
Should genetically-modified food be considered l "frankenfood?" Chances are, you're eating it.


**Collecting Native Seeds

*Historic Native American Garden at UC Davis
View a slideshow about the garden, including historic photos

**Edible Flowers

**Gardeners Guide to Global Warming
Will your state's plants and trees be affected by Global Warming?

Noxious Weed Coloring Book
Noxious Weeds are Everybody's Problem!

**Conserving Indigenous Biocultural Heritage
Defends indigenous rights to genetic resources, traditional knowledge and landscape character in Peru

**The Culture of Tobacco in 17th- and 18th-Century Europe
Significant collections relating to the history of tobacco

**USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Interactive document shows minimum temperature zones in the United States, Canada, and Mexico

**America The Beautiful
A beautiful artistic rendering of each State's wildflowers

**Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Inspires people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

Vanilla is a flavoring extract made from the bean of an orchid plant, also called vanilla, that are indigenous to Mesoamerica.

**Arboretum Plant Photo Gallery: Fall Foliage   
Includes photos, explains the science of autumn leaf color, lists plants that provide colorful autumn leaves.]

California Wildflowers
From the Bureau of Land Managaement

*Traditional Herbal &Plant Knowledge, Identifications

**Edible Fungi
   A list of mushrooms that are generally considered edible for most people.

* Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Documents the flora in all counties within a 50-mile radius of New York City.

* The Human Flower Project
News sources, photo album, weblog and  discussion of flowers in human culture.

**The Poinsettia Pages
History, lore, facts and figures, selection, and tips for caring  for poinsettia plants.

**Shade Grown Cacao
The role played by shade trees in cacao plantations of providing habitats for migratory birds.

*Invasive, Exotic, Aquatic and Wetland Plants in the Western United  States
Descriptions,  images, and information about plants that cause problems in wetlands in the western U.S.

*Lewis & Clark as Naturalists
Flora & fauna as described by the explorers during their journey across America in 1804-6.

*Gathering activities of the fall season
As told by Judy Bluehorse Skelton

*tobacco: past, present, and future
Tobacco grew naturally in what is now known as the Americas. It wasn't until 1492 that tobacco was introduced to Europe.

*Native Seeds/SEARCH
Works to protect crop biodiversity and to celebrate cultural diversity.
Ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival

*Midewin National Tall grass Prairie
The first national tallgrass prairie features a Midewin prairie timeline, bibliography, and more

*Invasive Plant List Wallet Card
Find out if a particular plant is right for your part of the country

The ANcient Forest Roadshow
Information about our ancient forests and the government's policies which destroy them

Bibliography of Dendrochronology
An archive of printed documents relevant to tree-ring research worldwide

First Arbor Day
On April 10, 1872, Nebraskans celebrated the first Arbor Day by planting more than a million trees

*United Plant Savers
Protects native medicinal plants and habitat of the United States and Canada,

*Methuseluh Tree
The oldest living thing on earth-- a bristle cone pine in California's White Mountains that is nearly 5,000 years old.

*Native Seeds
Promotes the use of ancient crops and their wild relatives by gathering, safeguarding, and distributing their seeds.

Discover Life
Free on-line tools to identify species, both plants and animals.

*The Fungus Among Us
A virtual museum explores the unseen mycelia of thousands of species of fungi

* Summer Season Plants
Judy Bluehorse Skelton tells how she follows the plants through the seasons,

* Appropriate Use of Sacred Tobacco
Downloadable posters

Taheebvu Chadi
Judy Trejo, Northern Paiute and Pitt River Indian healer, shares her relationship with her great grandmother who was a healer.

*  Alien Plants on Hawaii's Native Biota
From the University of Hawaii:

* Corn...The Beginning
Indians in central Mexico developed corn from a wild grass over 7,000 years ago!

* Tobacco timeline
Experts believe the tobacco plant, as we know it today, begins growing in the Americas around 6000 BC.

Cultivating Canadian Gardens
Begins with the earliest recorded information on the plantings of the Hurons who had been tending their crops long before Europeans arrived in North America

Hot Potatoes
The "number one crop disease in the world today, "late blight," and how it's affecting the Peruvian Andes-the place where edible potatoes were first cultivated

The Foliage Network

Historic Tree Nursery
A website to buy offspring from Historic trees, including American Elm (Chief Logan) , Pecan (Indian Marker), and Redbud(Trail of Tears)

Curtis Botanical Magazine
Students of all ages can access research antique (1787-1807) illustrations of native plant species from around the world.

Multipurpose Mesquite
A popular plant with desert-dwelling Native Americans, the mesquite tree produces edible beans as well as roots, bark and wood good for multiple uses.    Video format :-)

Michigan 4-H Garden Tour 
This ambitious project by Michigan State University and Michigan 4-H Children's Garden features a North American Indian garden.

Ancient Agave Cultivation
Evidence suggests that agave plants were cultivated in Arizona by pre-Columbian peoples for the use of their fibers. Video format :-)

The Plants of the Discovery 
The second great food revolution occurred when Christopher Columbus and his successors, brought from America to Europe.

On the Trail of the Sagueso Cactus
The fact that sagueso cactuses were discovered growing far from their native climate proves that the Seri people had brought them there for food. Video format :-)

Native American Healing in the 21st Century
This video traces ancient healing methods of American Indians, discusses the invaluable contributions they made to our early frontier medical heritage, and shows how many of these same healing plants...

Plants For A Future - Database Search

The Eastern Native Seed Conservancy, endeavors to preserve rare genetic stock and in so doing is able to offer the public a sampling of true rarity 
Eastern Native Seed Conservancy

Pack up your gear, venture into this online forest, and explore ideas about nature!
Fantastic Forest
Which of America's many trees would you choose for our national symbol?
Vote here!    
The National Arbor Day Foundation - We Help People Plant and Care for Trees
 Start a new garden or update your current gardening areas!
GardenGuides - Come Garden With Us

In a Garden
Click on a button and watch your garden grow! 

Pumpkin  Nook
 Everything you could possibly EVER want to know about pumpkins

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