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Near Shonto in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rabbit Brush

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

 
 
Rabbit Brush Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2016
1. Rabbit Brush Marker
Inscription.  Hopi Indians burn rabbit brush kindling with three other wood fuels in their ceremonial kivas. Slender, flexible stems are woven into basketry. Green dye comes from the inner bark, while early autumn flowers yield a yellow dye. The Hopis once structured windbreaks from mature stems of rabbit brush. Such branches were also used for arrow shafts.

Navajos continue to rely on rabbit brush for relief from respiratory ailments, fever, and pain. Parts of the shrub are given to purify the body during ceremonies. Navajos formerly ate stewed rabbit brush greens and ground the seeds into mush.

NAVAJO name:
k’iilsoii "yellow leaf"

HOPI name:
siva’pi or sivapi
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansScience & Medicine.
 
Location. 36° 40.784′ N, 110° 32.465′ W. Marker is near Shonto, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Highway 564 and County Route 221. Marker is located along the Aspen
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Forest Overlook Trail about 2/10 mile north of the Navajo National Monument Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shonto AZ 86054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Serviceberry (within shouting distance of this marker); Gambel Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas Fir (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Rice Grass (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Big Sagebrush (about 400 feet away); A Relict Forest (about 400 feet away); Wagon (about 400 feet away); Sandal Trail (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shonto.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Aspen Forest Overlook Trail, Navajo National Monument
 
Also see . . .  Ericameria nauseosa (formerly Chrysothamnus nauseosus) (Wikipedia). Several studies have been conducted on the possible use of rabbitbrush as a source of rubber including ones during World Wars I and II, and 1987. One possible commercial use of rabbitbrush would be as a source for hypoallergenic rubber for use in products designed for people with latex allergies. (Submitted on January 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Rabbit Brush Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2016
2. Rabbit Brush Marker (tall view)
Rabbit Brush (<i>Chrysothamnus nauseosus</i>)<br>(<i>located along trail, beside the marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2016
3. Rabbit Brush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus)
(located along trail, beside the marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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