Species Detail

Vitis aestivalis Michx.
Wild grape


Scientific Name:  
Vitis aestivalis Michx.
Common Name:  
Wild grape
Myaamia Name:  
kiisiipitoonisinki assandepakwe
Uses:  
Food, Medicinal, Technology
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Vitis aestivalis Michx.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Food  fruits eaten. The blue-fall grape that ripens first; and "tickling or itching the mouth"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  grapes gathered and preserved
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  dried and used for boils and skin disorders
No Reference Specified Use - Food  grapes wild or domestic not distinguished used for grape dumplings by tribes in 8 Tribes area Miami; OK
No Reference Specified Use - Food  gathered and used to make grape cobbler. "possum [coon] grapes were gathered growing up in trees for making grape cobbler; layered thick in a big rectangular pan"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  wild grapes gathered and eaten. "Made some beer . . . Not much luck with wine; though"
No Reference Specified Use - Technology  vines used to make fish weirs. Gabriel Godfroy said that the Miamis used not nets or seines for fishing; but used spears; bows and arrows instead; and sometimes used movable weirs made of "wattled brush" and grape vines when fishing in a party; which they would force the fish to the shore
No Reference Specified Use - Food  fruits eaten. "the wild grape that ripens first; i.e. tickles the mouth when eaten"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  "I pick grapes/I remove the skin from grapes"
Botanical Sources  
Vitis aestivalis Michx.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Occurs in moist or dry soil in roadsides; thickets; and open forests in eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Vitis aestivalis Michx.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   The Shawnee collected this plant
No Reference Specified   Fruits ripen beginning in July; as opposed to V. labrusca; whose fruits ripen beginning in August/September
No Reference Specified   McPherson wrote "We have read reports that the Indians [undescribed tribe] dried the grapes; ground them seed and all; and used them to thicken soups"
No Reference Specified   Archaeological studies have demonstrated that grapes were utilized as a food resource by Late Woodland 800 A.D to 1450 A.D. indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana
No Reference Specified   Archaeological studies in central and south-central Indiana revealed that grapes were utilized as a food source by indigenous peoples sometime during the period of A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1450