Tying Our World Together: Gathering Dogbane # 145

Tying Our World Together: Gathering Dogbane

09:15, Friday 14th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Teri Brewer
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 10 mins
  • Country of Production: USA
  • Location: Fallon Nevada, USA, Paiute
  • Ethnic Group: Native American


Dogbane is a plant used in the past for making many basic necessities of life for the Paiute peoples of northern Nevada, It is now a threatened species, but the knowledge of how to prepare and work with it is still passed on in the Paiute community. We spend an autumn morning with Donna Cossette and her mother Carol Sanders who are gathering and working with dogbane in their local Paiute tradition in northern Nevada.  They are assisted by Nevada State Folklorist Patricia Atkinson. Donna demonstrates and explains the basics needed to find, choose and process dogbane as well as to create simple cordage from the prepared stalks.

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