The shells are made into utensils and also used to make charcoal. Whole coconut occupies an important role in rituals and festivals. Many of us have seen coconut all our lives and donít think of them as exotic or beautiful.
Ask the people of the Pacific Northwest. They would think that you were talking about the ďTree of lifeĒ the red and yellow Cedar ( no way related to coconut ).
For centuries, people have used the wood of western red cedar (Thuja Plicata) and yellow Cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) to make canoes, house planks, totem poles, baskets, clothing, hats, dishes, arrows, spears, hangers, dip-net hooks, fish clubs, masks, rattles, benches, cradles, coffins, ceremonial drum logs, combs, fishing floats, berry-drying racks, and paddles. The wood is used to drill and start friction fires, which are excellent for drying fish. Barks of medium sized trees are stripped, beaten and sun dried. Then by further beating layers or fibers are separated from which ropes, baskets and mats are made. The bark of yellow cedar was woven into soft blankets and made into robes, hats, and capes that repel water. Shredded bark was also used as bandages, washcloth and towels. Leaves and cones are used with sweat-bath to cure rheumatism.
Exposed young roots are debarked, and split lengthwise to make cradles and baskets. The coiled-root baskets of various sizes and shapes are decorated with geometric patterns and dyed with the natural colors. Long, slender cedar branches are used to make- ropes, fish traps, binding material and open-weave baskets.
Culture and places change, but the pivotal role of just one species shows that nature can provide manís needs from cradle to grave.