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butternut tree

Entry Type:  
Scientific Name:  
Common Name:  
butternut tree
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Summer, Fall, Spring
Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Conifer Shrubland and Forest

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Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Bush, L. L 1996 No Reference Specified

Human-charred butternut/walnut timbers used in construction were recovered from an early 19th century Myaamia village site at the forks of the Wabash River.

Costa, D. 2005 No Reference Specified

"kin8chichi8ingi, butternut"

Tippman, D. 1999 No Reference Specified

Jim Strack mentioned the declining abundance of hazelnut and butternut trees:  "A lot of hazelnut around [then]" "they don't seem to grow very good any more, the hazelnuts do, likewise with butternuts. I don't know whether they [people] going after the wood of the butternut trees or what cause it but the butternut just seemed to die out. The butternuts you'd pretty near had to fight with the squirrels to get 'em, cause they really, I mean they really ate the butternuts. . .if one dropped out of a tree there were a couple of squirrels watching . . . ".

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

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

Related Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. ca. 1900  

"kínocĭ́cĭ, butternut tree"

McPherson, A. and S. McPherson. 1977  

The Potawatomie Indians drank a tea made from the inner bark of the butternut for stomach upsets".


Hockett, C.F. 1985  

"šiŋgišiša, butternut tree"