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pecan nut

Entry Type:  
Scientific Name:  
Common Name:  
pecan nut
Myaamia Name:  
Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Deciduous Swamp no coniferous domts.

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Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 No Reference Specified

 "kanzänzämínĭ", pecan nut

Costa, D. 2005 No Reference Specified

"akansepakaninji", pecan tree

Tippman, D. 1999 No Reference Specified

Pecan nuts are gathered for food.

Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 No Reference Specified

In the traditional story of Young Thunder William Pekongah, he describes the crops he had growing on his land 160 acres of reserve in central Indiana: "There I planted corn, wheat, potatoes, peas, tobacco, beans, apple trees, pumpkins, watermelons, cucumbers, onions, hay, straw, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, turnips, tomatoes, pawpaws, cherries, strawberries, plums, blackhaws, peaches, walnut trees, pecans, hickory nuts, barley and rye."

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 No Reference Specified

" . . . The pakan-tree, when not of very large dimensions, grows fast and in the Quapaw Reservation and in same latitude elsewhere begins to bear when six or seven years old. The Peoria call its nut, kanzepakani, they grow taller when standing within the timber than on the prairie where they branch out sidewise on account of frequent storms."

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 No Reference Specified

The Miami name of the Ohio River, kanzä́nzäpíwĭ, is similar to the name of the pecan nut, kanzänzämínĭ.

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

Occurs in wet and alluvial forests throughout eastern and western Myaamia lands.

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Costa, D.J. 2000  

The Miami-Illiinois name for the pecan is linguistically related to the name for all the prehistoric Dhegiha tribes, including the modern Kaw or Kansa. Most likely, the tribe was associated with this name by themselves and other tribes, due to their residency along the portions of the Ohio river where they lived and designated the southern range of this tree species.


Aatotankiki myaamiaki 1998-2006  

A 30 acre wild pecan grove at the Geboe property was purchased in 2002.

McPherson, A. and S. McPherson. 1977  

"Paccan, the Miami Indian chief who succeeded Little Turtle in 1812, was named in honor of the pecan. Paccan is the Algonquian word that pecan is derived from".

Aatotankiki myaamiaki 1998-2006  

The Miami Nation's Tahway Farms has pecan groves. Pecans are part of a traditional, healthy, diet of the Myaamia and other Native Americans living in the native range of the pecan. The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma is selling these pecans as part of a way to promote a healthy diet.

Aatotankiki myaamiaki 1998-2006  

Pecan nuts begin falling and are ready for harvest typically in mid-October.

Aatotankiki myaamiaki 1998-2006  

Pecans from a tree on Miami Nation land, the Leibbert properties and Tahway Farms, producing a good kernel with a thin shell, won Oklahoma State Pecan Award for 2001 in "Small Native" category.