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sweet everlasting

Entry Type:  
Scientific Name:  
Common Name:  
sweet everlasting
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer, Fall
Dry Prairie grasslands, Human-Disturbed Areas

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Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Olds, J., Olds, D. and D. Tippman 1999 Use - Customs 

Sweet everlasting is mixed with tobacco for smoking.

Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900 Use - Customs 

"The old Miamis use a mixture of dried, leaves of common everlasting Gnaphalium polycephalum, which the Weas call pä́wäkĭ́ki, and the Miamis pätsákĭ, odorous with tobacco and red cedar. They are dried and rubbed in the hands until a fine powder, and thrown to the manito [the Great Spirit]".

Gonella, M.P 2003-2006 Use - Customs 

The living plant of sweet everlasting was placed at a Myaamia family grave site in Francis Slocum cemetary in Indiana.

Jackson, J. 2002 Related Info 

The Yuchi of northeastern Oklahoma (originally from eastern Tennessee) use 'tsodasha' (common everlasting) for numerous purposes including a baby naming ritual, funerals, protection from malevolent spirits, etc. It is gathered when flowers and leaves are dry and often used with eastern cedar.

Botanical Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Small, J.K. 1903 Habitat 

Common native weedy species occurring in dry soils and open areas in woods in eastern and western Myaamia lands.

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

Peppermint, Mentha piperita, was also added to this mixture sometimes, and was called pä́tsakgi.