How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine, and Crafts

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A renowned ethnologist with the Smithsonian Institution offers a fascinating wealth of material on nearly 200 plants that were used by the Chippewas of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The volume provides an emphasis on wild plants and their lesser-known uses. "A fascinating, well-illustrated study." — Grand Rapids Gazette. 33 plates.

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Overview

A renowned ethnologist with the Smithsonian Institution offers a fascinating wealth of material on nearly 200 plants that were used by the Chippewas of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The volume provides an emphasis on wild plants and their lesser-known uses. "A fascinating, well-illustrated study." — Grand Rapids Gazette. 33 plates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486230191
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1974
  • Series: Native American Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 612,004
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Informants
Phonetics
Introduction
List of plants arranged according to botanical name
List of plants arranged according to common name
List of plants arranged according to native name
Medicinal properties of plants used by the Chippewa
Principal active medincinal constituents of plants used by the Chippewa
Plants as food
  List of plants used as food
  Making maple sugar
  Gathering wild rice
  Beverages
  Seasonings
  Cereals
  Vegetables
  Fruits and berries
Plants as medicine
  Treatment by means of plants
  Substances other than vegetable used as remedies
  Medical appliances
  Surgical treatment and appliances
  Dental surgery
  Classification of diseases and injuries
  List of medical plants used medicinally
Plants used in dyes
  Process of dyeing
  List of plants used in dyes
  Mineral substances used in dyes
  Formulae for dyes
Plants used as charms
  List of plants used in charms
Plants used in useful and decorative arts
  List of plants
  Manner of use
Legend of Winabojo and the birch tree
Legend of Winabojo and the cedar tree
Gathering birch bark and cedar bark
Atricles made of birch bark
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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Wonderful historical document

    If you are interested in the culture of the Ojibwe Indians in the early 1920, this is a fabulous resource. Thoroughly documented, well written, and a fascinating look into an earlier time and an old, very noble culture. The Nook conversion has some typographical errors, but I could easily figure out what was intended. Altogether, a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in wild foods, American Indian culture, and life in the early 20th century.

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