The Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia
One of the many wild flowers which is found in the park is the Great Blue Lobella.
Magically, this herb is good for love charms. Meskwaki Indians chopped the roots up fine and fed them to feuding couples and also used them generally in love medicine, although since this plant has a tendency to cause vomiting, this must have been a very small amount indeed! But this plant also played a part in ritual purification for some Native Americans. That makes it a good candidate for drying and being made into a purifying smudge, and as a Venus plant, it would also be very helpful against magickal or pyschic attack. Infusions of this herb were once infrequently used to treat heart failure ("dropsy"). When combined with several herbs in a rather complicated treatment, the fresh root of this plant was a treatment for syphilis and gonorrhea, which is how it got the botanical moniker "siphilitica." It is a diuretic and diaphoretic but also causes vomiting. Cherokee made a poultice of the crushed leaves and applied it for headache as well as hard-to-heal sores. They also drank a tea of it for worms, colds, rheumatism, fevers, and croup. the Iroquois drank an infusion of the crushed leaves as protection against negative magic, especially binding types. This was never a popular medicinal herb amongst European Americans except in homeopathy. It is considered poisonous.

Saturday, September 27
Time: To be announced
Join characters from Wyalusing's illustrious history along a luminary
lit trail. Sponsored by the Friends of Wyalusing State Park. Make your
campsite reservation now.

Flint Knapper
Have you ever wondered how the ancient native American made stone tools and weapons by using primitive tools? How they worked stone and shaped it into knives, arrowheads, and spears. Gary Eldred, a flint knapper, and one of the featured 'Spirits' will show you.
Flint knapping is the process of making stone tools (i.e. arrowheads, projectile points, hand axes, etc.). The ancient art of flint knapping has been around for about 4 millions years. Flint knapping has evolved as man has evolved. And it was not until recently that man quit knapping for survival purposes. Only a few small groups of people in remote parts of the world still knap as part of their daily lives. Flint knapping is a reduction process because flakes of stone are broken off the of the original piece of stone. Knappers, both ancient and modern, generally begin knapping a piece of stone with direct percussion. Direct percussion is accomplished by directly striking the stone which is to be made into a projectile point, etc., with a tool, such as a hammerstone or antler billet to remove large flakes. The purpose of direct percussion is to thin the stone to the required thickness. Generally, the next step is pressure flaking. Pressure flaking is achieved by placing a pointed tool, such as an antler tine or copper-tipped pressure flaker, on the edge of the stone, and applying an inward pressure to the tool. This pressure will remove a small, thin flake from the stone. Pressure flaking shapes and refines the projectile point.

A very short video of Gary Eldred seen here.

Native American Story Teller

Native American stories are as varied as the trees on the Earth and yet have many common themes, whether told by the Inuit of Alaska or the Seminole of Florida. Traditional Native stories are based on honoring all life, especially the plants and animals we depend on, as well as our human ancestors.

Faye Stone will also be with the Friends of Wyalusing State Park Spirit night.

Indigenous storytelling is rooted in the earth. Years upon years of a kinship with the land, life, water and sky have produced a variety of narratives about intimate connections to the earth. In a call and response lasting through time, Native peoples have experienced a relationship of give and take with the natural world.

In the basket of Native stories, we find legends and history, maps and poems, the teachings of spirit mentors, instructions for ceremony and ritual, observations of worlds, and storehouses of ethno-ecological knowledge. Stories often live in many dimensions, with meanings that reach from the everyday to the divine. Stories imbue places with the power to teach, heal and reflect. Stories are possessed with such power that they have survived for generations despite attempts at repression and assimilation.

Blurbs from Publications
From the friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park
By Jim Mohr
The accessible cabin is finally completed and open for use. It is reserved for almost every night until Oct. 15 when it closes for the season. Many reservations were made in January before the cabin was completed. There were a few minor corrections to make to the cabin which were discovered when people started to use it. There is a journal in which cabin users can write comments about their experiences in the cabin. Most have been positive.
Here is one of them: "What a blessing that so many good people worked so hard for something that they probably will not use."

We can all be proud of what we have accomplished with this cabin. Thank You to all who have contributed to it in any way.

Friends Activities

Preview next months meeting and upcoming events.
September 7, 2008, 6:30 P.M.
Friends of Wyalusing Meeting. Are you coming?

September 27, 2008 Spirits Night

Star Splitter Sparkles (news)
The Starsplitters of Wyalusing State Park present astronomy programs on
the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month through October. Program times
will vary each month as the days get shorter. Please contact the park
office at 608-996-2261.