10 Things Native Americans Can Do to Prepare for Spring

Thinkstock / It's spring! Time to take off those winter jackets and enjoy the sunshine!

Ahh the rites of spring… the robins are all over the lawn looking for bugs.

The rains are coming in and the small flowers and herbs are beginning to sprout and bloom. But during this time of year, there are certain preparations Native people may want to consider before embarking on another season of sunshine and picnic bliss.

To prepare for anything that might come up this spring season, we have compiled this list entitled of 10 things Native Americans can do to prepare for spring:

Shave Your Wolf

Now there is nothing wrong with owning a dog that is six feet tall when it leans its front paws on your shoulders, but for gosh sakes, those things are used to living in the cold winter forests, not the hot deserts (or minivans without air conditioning)—you need to shave those poor pups. Not only that, it will save clean up time from excessive shedding.

Thinkstock / Wolves have lots of fur, and so can some of your pups, trim that fur for the warm months.

Swap Out Old Bumper Stickers

For crying out loud, we all know you went to Rez-Fest ’88! But considering its 2014, and your sticker now says “Roz- F t ‘8” don’t you think it’s time to practice a bit of “out with the old—in with the new? Just get a bottle of goo-gone and scrape them old stickers off the window. Quick tip: they make magnet bumper stickers now.

StickerMobile.com / If your car looks anything like the Sticker Mobile, you may need more than goo to replace them.

Air Out Regalia

Well, we want to put this respectfully. And certainly don’t want to embarrass you—but…last summer it was 94 degrees, you danced all day in full regalia, and well…we think you can figure out the rest.

Courtesy Great Day in the Mornin' Photography / 35th Annual Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center Pow Wow

Plan Your Pow Wow Route

There’s no joke here… get movin’ and plan your pow wows for the year or else someone else is going to get a better spot than you for grand entry!

Courtesy TrailofTears.org / Plan your pow wow route today! This image was taken at the Trail of Tears Intertribal Pow Wow.

Start Compiling “Easter Bunny is Food” Jokes

When Easter comes around this year on April 20, it is a little known fact that it is mandatory for many Native people to explain how they would prepare and eat the Easter bunny. It is considered very hilarious in many Native circles. It is also a prerequisite to know these jokes to attend certain family Easter gatherings.

Courtesy gourmandistan.com / Brown the edges of the rabbit for delicious flavor and get those “Easter bunny is food jokes” ready.

Change the Blankets in the Windows

As we had mentioned in a previous list in ways you might know you are a Native – a blanket in the window was a possible indicator. But with Spring in the air, it is time to take down last season’s blanket and replace it with a new look!

Does this look like your house? Might be time to change out those window blankets. (CountryLiving.com)

Stock Up on Sage, Sweetgrass, Beads, Ribbon

We’re talking essentials here! Last year was a good year, and your supplies are probably a little low. So don’t forget to pick up some of these crucial items!

Thinkstock / Wild reed sweetgrass—start collecting it for spring.

Spruce Up Those Protest Signs

Grab a marker or paint pen and make sure to beautify those signs that saw some serious action as you got out there to show some rockin’ solidarity last season! It about to heat up again!

Get those protest signs ready!

Make New Shorts

Grab some scissors and those old jeans and go to town—FREE SHORTS!

Thinkstock / Get those old jeans and scissors out!

Have Your Kids Plant a Garden

No joke here—this is just a flat out awesome thing to do. Give your kids some seeds (organic is best) and tell them to go plant a garden, don’t have kids or a yard? Get a pot and some dirt and plant a tomato plant. Bring some life into the world—and eat healthier!

Courtesy OKCIC / Kids gardening at the TURTLE summer camp organized by the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. Get your kids involved in gardening this spring.