The prescription stick, also called medicine stick, contained many recipes for medicine used by ancient Native American tribes. They were often made of a piece of wood or tree bark. Medicine men often referred to these during ceremonial practices.
Pi Kitehwano (Hardy Eteeyan) said, "the whole countryside is full of medicine. In the Old Days, I used to see old men walking through fields talking. They were not talking to themselves. They were talking to the plants. If you do it long enough, they will talk back to you." Hardy went on to say, "we call them Medicine Sticks. Medwah (a medicine man Hardy knew) used to have some but, when he died, there was no one to take them to learn about the medicine sticks."
Written by: Lance Sagataw