Last month, in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, the Diversity & Inclusion task force at DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee worked with local authorities to plant a commemorative tree in the DENSO/Athens ECO park to honor the area’s local Cherokee tribe.
History of the Tree
Cherokee tribe members used the Devil’s Walking Stick in many different ways for medicinal purposes. The crushed roots were used as a salve for healing old sores and a tea, made from the roots and leaves, was used to treat rheumatism. In addition, thorns of the Devil’s Walking Stick Tree were used to scratch the skin when applying medicine, which was believed to give the medicine better penetration into the body. In fact, the wood of the Devil’s Walking Stick Tree would be burned and blown on a scratched area to treat paralysis on half of the body.
What an incredible experience for all to learn more about and celebrate the Native American heritage!
The Devil’s Walking Stick Tree, planted by DMAT associates