Navajo people use “Juniper Beads”, “Cedar Beads”, and “Ghost Beads” to mean the same thing. They wear Ghost Beads to ward off evil.
Ghost beads are dried juniper or cedar berries that are usually lightly smoked and strung in a classic manner. The berries are only collected after they have fallen to the ground and have been eaten by ants. The ants go in one end of the berry and devour the insides, leaving a hollow dried skin. An artisan will make a hole in the other end to complete the bead’s creation. These strands are 24″ long and are already prepped to make your own jewelry.