"Indian nations all over the land had many different uses for the plum, other than food: the roots made a dye, the bark cough medicine and a disinfectant wash; twigs tied in bundles became brooms; crotched sticks were used as dowsing rods, to locate underground water; the blossoms were observed to be a seasonal indicator of when to plant corn, beans and squash; dried plums could be turned into game pieces; and young sprouts were made into wands, used to invite members of other camps to observe the Sun Dance ceremony. They came as supporters of a particular “candidate” who wished to secure supernatural power or aid for himself or for his community."
Just a tease. The next part of the article describes the Sun Dance ceremony ... a bit. I didn't put in the details of the self-torture, as it seemed unnecessarily salacious, and besides, these rituals belong to them, not us. Which they seem to feel also: http://www.thepeoplespaths.net/articles/ladecwar.htm
Lot's more to come. I believe that I will have this second volume produced by September, 2014, at the latest, hopefully earlier. I'll keep you posted.