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wild strawberry

Entry Type:  
Scientific Name:  
Common Name:  
wild strawberry
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding, Conifer Shrubland and Forest, Conifer Swamp some deciduous domts.

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Use - Food 

 "atähímĭna, strawberry"

Pease, T. C. and R. C. Werner 1934 Use - Food 

Gathered by hunting band guards [those that kept the hunting band together], ("Une homme et une femme voulurent une fois s'echaper du gros dans le temps que les gardes etoient a amasser des fraises").

Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Related Info 

"tähimíni, strawberry; literally meaning heart berry" 

Olds, J., Olds, D. and D. Tippman 1999 Use - Food 

" . . .we picked wild strawberries. Yes, down at Miami. I don't know if you know where that little Catholic cemetery is at Lincolnville, and its off in there by itself. It used to go up in through there and you remember Nancy Stand and Alice Blalock and Freeman's mother [Rebecca Stitt Walker]. They used to try to beat each other to those wild strawberries. Up there on that Catholic cemetery there".

Tippman, D. 1999 Use - Food 

Wild strawberries are picked and eaten. "There's no strawberries taste as good as wild strawberries . . . they're little bitty devils . . .but you get enough of them to make a pie or shortcake . . . we used to make a lot of shortcake".

Gatschet, A.S. ca. 1895 Use - Food 

In the traditional story of Young Thunder (William Pecongah), 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."

Kerr, J. 1835 Use - Food 

 "tahemenυ, strawberry"

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Steyermark, J.A. 1963 Habitat 

Occurs in woods, thickets, prairies, and disturbed areas in eastern and western Myaamia lands.

Related Sources  
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Tulsa World Newspaper 2003  

Due to lead, cadmium and zinc contamination in the Tar Creek Superfund Sites watershed around Miami, Oklahoma and the Miami Tribe of Oklahomas headquarters, Miami and other local tribal members worry that traditional gathering of food, medicine, and customs items may be contaminated. Fish, wild blackberries, sassafras, pokeweed, basket-making supplies and wild onions could have high concentrations of lead, as do the waters of nearby lakes, and it is not always successful keeping tribal members out of these areas. The Seneca-Cayugas berry dance could not be held if all the wild blackberries and strawberries in the area are found to be contaminated.