Entry Detail

Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
bur oak


Entry Type:  
Species
Scientific Name:  
Quercus macrocarpa Michx.
Common Name:  
bur oak
Myaamia Name:  
mihšiinkweemiši
Description:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Gardner, P.S. 1997 Horticultural Info 

Oak and hickory nut production peaks (mast) every 1-4 years, following an irregular but consistent pattern from year to year, allowing harvesters to plan for and take advantage of peak masts. The largest masts occur when tree crowns are exposed to maximum sun--Native Americans could also have easily thinned trees to increase size and production of remaining trees.

Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Related Info 

"mishingwe mishaxkatwi . . . bur oak, frequent out west, quercus macrocarpa"

Costa, D. 2005 Related Info 

"miching8eminja", bur oak

Costa, D. 2005 Use - Medicinal 

The roots are chewed and applied to wounds. "miching8eminja", "oak whose large acorn and the chewn/mashed root are good for curing a cut".

Gonella, M.P 2003-2006 Use - Food 

Acorns were leached in water to remove tannic acids before eating.

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Use - Food 

Acorns are gathered and shelled, then soaked in lye before boiling.

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Related Info 

Myaamia term for the bur oak is "mici'ngwami'nji".

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. and Cronquist, A. 1991 Habitat

Occurs on rich, moist and alluvial soils throughout eastern and western Myaamia lands.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895  

Myaamia term for bur oak is "mihsiinkweemisaahkatwi".

Gonella, M.P 2003-2006  

The name of family a Myaamia lineage including the Shoemakers of Kokomo, Indiana.

Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895  

The Miami-Illinois term for the acorn nut is alakaya.