Species Detail

Vaccinium sp. L.
Blueberry


Scientific Name:  
Vaccinium sp. L.
Common Name:  
Blueberry
Myaamia Name:  
wiipinkwamini
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Undetermined

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Vaccinium sp. L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Description  The blueberries referenced by Kenton could be any number of species; including V. angustifolium common lowbush-blueberry; V. pallidum hillside-blueberry; V. myrtilloides velvetleaf blueberry; V. corymbosum highbush-blueberry; and V. stamineum Squaw huckleberry; according to blueberry species listed in Coulter 1899 and using nomenclature from Gleason and Cronquist 1991
No Reference Specified Use - Food  blueberries brought to missionaries for eating
No Reference Specified Use - Food  "wipingwamini; blueberry; same as huckelberry"
No Reference Specified Use - Food  wild blueberries picked and eaten while growing up
Botanical Sources  
Vaccinium sp. L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   All possible species occur in dry uplands soils; and all but V. stamineum occur in moist or swamp/bogs as well. V. angustifolium and V. myrtilloides occur only in portions of eastern Miami lands; while the remaining three species occur in both eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Vaccinium sp. L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Human charred remains of Vaccinium sp. were recovered from an excavation site at an early Miami Village at the forks of the Wabash River (Ft Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).
No Reference Specified   Pow Wow by Pokagon band of Potawatomi tribe held on Labor Day in St. Patricks Park near South Bend; Indiana; celebrates the end of blueberry season; and important ritual to this band who were farmers; hunters and gatherers
No Reference Specified   Dunn quotes Perrot who compares the Illinois/Miami with the "Algonkins i.e. the Canada tribe; the former who cultivate corn and other crops and the latter who primariy hunt. Of these people he states that "they gather there [northern country] plenty of blueberries in the months of August and September; which they are careful to dry and keep for a time of need"
No Reference Specified   Archaeological studies in central and south-central Indiana revealed that blueberries were utilized as a food source by indigenous peoples sometime during the period of A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1450