Species Detail

Roots various species

Scientific Name:  
Common Name:  
Roots various species
Myaamia Name:  
Food, Medicinal
Harvest Seasons:  
Winter, NA
Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands, Wet Prairie grasslands with flooding
Growth Forms:  
Shrub, Herb, Vine

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  root used to cure rattlesnake bite. ". . . they have an admirable root; which; as soon as it is applied to the wound; softens the swelling so that by the next day one is cured. This root is found in the prairies and is shaped like an onion. The stem grows two feet high; the leaves are very narrow and somewhat resemble those of the sumac. It forms large buds in which the seed is lodged. I have made a point of hunting for it in this country; but have never been able to find any. I have been told that they had still another kind; but I have not become acquainted with it."
No Reference Specified Use - Food  "sweet roots" and vegetables were usually cultivated or gathered in large quantities. Mentioned by Trowbridge in the context of wedding gifts; a series of reciprocities; where sweet roots and vegetables being given by the older women in-laws of the bride in return for the meat given by the brides brother
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  emetics. "The most common medicines are emetics . . . composed of roots; which are pounded and mixed with water." "There are many roots and weeds used by them for emetics; the most common of which is the root of the Buckeye."
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  treatment for rheumatism is to apply pounded roots and weeds with a bandage to affected areas."
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  a kind of homeopathic medicine using roots. Some medicine men used the same root that conveys the disease to cure it."
No Reference Specified Use - Medicinal  special medicine men could cure a patient of a disease originating from a poison. The medicine man coughs up a white substance; places it in his hand. If it goes through the medicine mans hand; the patient will die; if it does not; he will live. Before this is known; the medicine man give the patient a small supply of roots and tells him to have good faith; then leaves.
No Reference Specified Use - Food  keeshikeehaukee is a small plant growing in the dry prairies; and is about six inches in height; with small roots about an inch long growing in a cluster. These are boiled and eaten with sugar.
No Reference Specified Use - Food  waukeepaaneekee is a plant growing in the bottom lands that is similar to the onion in root and shape. It is boiled 12 hours before eaten. It is not a popular food because it causes constipation.
No Reference Specified Horticultural Info  Village location sometimes was chosen for its nearness to an abundance of root crops
No Reference Specified Horticultural Info  A digging stick was used for gathering roots or potatoes. "I have found some roots; potatoes; for example digging with a stick etc."
No Reference Specified Horticultural Info  The Old Illinois term nimic8picahan translates to modern French as "je l ay cherche dans l eau avec un baston et je la ay trouve;" meaning "I looked for it in the water with a stick and I found it". Since this directly follows the entry for macopines; it proably refers to a harvesting methods of this; and other edible aquatic roots Gonellas note; –
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