For the longest time, I never knew that Vaseline was a brand name. Much like Kleenex and Band-aids, Vaseline has become more or less synonymous with what is known as petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is used as an ointment and moisturizer that can be used to prevent skin chapping and dress wounds. I use it in my noise as a moisture barrier for when the air is dry I get nose bleeds otherwise.
It is also something that was developed by First Nations people. The following is from the Aboriginal Innovations Handbook developed by Lakehead Universiy:
Name: Petroleum Jelly - Olefin hydrocarbons and Methane
Innovator(s): North American Indians
Date of Innovation: Unknown Origin: North and South Americas
Source: Weatherford, Jack How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World (Fawcett Columbine: New York, 1988; pages 186-187): Britannica Ency- clopedia Online (Britannia.Com Inc)
Image source: Lakehead University Archives